General Hoke’s Donation to a Beggar
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
“With grim reminders of the war all about him, there were times, however, when memories of his experiences evoked a comment or two. For example, on a postwar business trip to Washington DC, [General Robert F.] Hoke was in the company of three Northern businessmen as they walked down a busy street. When they spotted a blind Union veteran who had lost a leg and an arm in the war, the group passed without dropping any coins in his cup.
 
Suddenly, Hoke stopped, returned to the beggar, and put some money into his tin. His behavior astonished his companions, causing one of them to remark, “Why did you do that? He was your enemy.”  With his customary wry sense of humor, the general replied “That’s the only condition I like to see a Yankee in.”
 
General Robert F. Hoke, Lee’s Modest Warrior, Daniel W. Broadfoot, John F. Blair, Publisher, 1996, page 326)