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How George Washington Returned a Dog to its Owner in the Middle of the Revolutionary War

It turns out the George Washington was a big animal lover, especially dogs. And back when The Revolutionary War was fought, it was common for soldiers to take dogs with them. Washington brought his, as did the opposing British general, William Howe. In October 1777, during the Battle of Germantown in Pennsylvania, Howe’s dog got loose and was found by the Americans (Howe’s name was on the dog’s collar). Some of the American soldiers apparently wanted to taunt the British by keeping it, but Washington had it returned. He wrote a personal note to Howe, and the dog was delivered under a flag of truce. The note read: “General Washington’s compliments to General Howe. He does himself the pleasure to return him a dog, which accidentally fell into his hands, and by the inscription on the Collar appears to belong to General Howe.”

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