Nellie, General Robert E. Lee’s Pet Chicken

Nellie, General Robert E. Lee’s Pet Chicken

Did you know … During the Civil War, a little black hen looked for a place to lay her egg and wandered into the tent of the famous Confederate (southern) General Robert E. Lee. Lee adopts the hen as a pet. Since General Lee liked to eat fresh eggs for breakfast, he decided to keep the hen as a pet and named her Nellie. Nellie sometimes slept in General Lee’s tent. Nellie provided an egg for General Lee’s breakfast nearly every day. The hen sometimes slept in Lee’s tent. He left the tent flap open for her. The little hen wanders off after the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg was a huge battle that lasted from July first until July third in 1863. After the fighting ended, the Confederate Army planned to leave Gettysburg. When...

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