December 22, 1864

On This Date in! in 1864 during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman sent a message to U.S. President Lincoln from Georgia. The message read, “I beg to present to you as a Christmas gift the city of Savannah.” Lincoln sent a message back that read, “Thank you for the thought, but Savannah is over-run with mosquitoes and the Deep South humidity curls my hair and beard something dreadful. Could you not find me something a little further north, say around the North Georgia mountains? I hear the weather is delightful in the summer and the people are extremely cordial.” Sherman answered and wrote back, “Dear Mr. President, would you like the one word answer or the two word answer to your request for a North Georgia mountain retreat?” Curious, Lincoln sent back, “What is the one word answer?” Sherman answered, “No! Those boys shoot back.” Lincoln then asked, “Well then, good sir, what is the two word answer?” Sherman wired back, “Hell NO! Those boys shoot back.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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2 Responses to December 22, 1864

  1. Joke Restoration and Reclamation Department says:

    We would like to officially thank you for recycling this old joke.

    Many people are not aware that our nation’s joke landfills are currently close to capacity, and that with the constant influx of old, tired and unfunny jokes, we are likely to have a joke disposal crisis within the next 5 to 10 years.

    This is why the efforts of you, and a few other brave souls who dare to pull out some of these often-told, sometimes forgotten dregs of the comedy world and attempt to breathe new life into them, is so important. It’s not an easy task, and it’s rarely successful, but every joke that gets reused is one less to clog up the overburdened system.

    So please accept our warmest thanks and appreciation for everything that you’ve done, and continue to do, to recycle these old, worn-out jokes.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Mr. Peabody says:

    Has Sherman been making unauthorized trips with the WayBack Machine again?

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