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    A Souvenir of Grant's Signal Victory at Vicksburg

    Meerschaum Pipe Given to Colonel Clark Lagow by U.S. Grant Meerschaum pipe (technically a cigar-holder or cigar-pipe) measuring 3 1/4" long featuring a well executed spread wing eagle clutching a rabbit. Excellent condition with toning to the bowl. Accompanying the pipe is a letter dated Jan. 29, 1916 stating that "This pipe was given by Gen U.S. Grant to Clark B. Lagow while he was aide on Gen'l Grants staff during the War of the Rebellion", continuing on to outline the family history of ownership until 1916. Lagow and Grant were from the same area and enlisted together on the same day in 1861, becoming life-long friends. During the siege of Vicksburg, Grant commented that he expected to dine in Vicksburg soon. The comment was leaked to the Vicksburg press which responded that if Grant was to dine in Vicksburg, he must first "catch the rabbit". Eventually, Vicksburg fell and Grant had his rabbit. After the city was captured, the Yankees published the famous "wallpaper newspaper" and the soldiers added "Grant has caught the rabbit." Lagow was aide-de-camp to Grant during the Siege of Vicksburg.

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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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