So an Ancestor of Mine Fed Insects to George Washington . . . .

“I have two cooks … one of them, Mr. Foutz … fancies himself quite the expert in worldly cuisine. … If we fed this army in the same manner Mr. Foutz has attempted to feed me, there would be mass desertion. He actually set out an elaborate dinner whose main attraction was bugs. Covered in some kind of sauce, mind you, but bugs nonetheless. I made the decision at that moment that Mr. Foutz would better serve this army by shouldering a musket.” ~George Washington, to Benjamin Franklin (Source: Rise to Rebellion, by Jeff Shaara, p. 385.)

I’ve just been told that this guy, whose name we know as Andrew Fouts, is an ancestor of mine. I rather like the idea of being descended from someone who fed insects to George Washington.

4 thoughts on “So an Ancestor of Mine Fed Insects to George Washington . . . .

  1. Andrew Fouts was my 4th great grandfather and I too have a copy of this. The army was starving and George Washington was showing his landed gentry backgroynd with his statements.

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