February 19, 1863
At Sharpsburg, Gen. Lee hailed one of the many
stragglers, and inquired:
“Where are you going sir?”
“What are you going to the rear for?”
“Well, I’ve been stung by a bung, and I’m what they call
This was enough.
Gen. Lee had not the heart to say more to an innocent who had been
“stung by a bung”—meaning perhaps that he had been stunned by a bomb.
by Sharon Strout]