10,000 boxes of cigars


When General Ulysses Grant was described by newspapers as smoking cigars during the Battle at Fort Donelson in Tennessee in 1862, admirers from around the country sent him more than 10,000 boxes of cigars for further use.

He later said:

I had been a light smoker previous to the attack on Donelson …. In the accounts published in the papers, I was represented as smoking a cigar in the midst of the conflict; and many persons, thinking, no doubt, that tobacco was my chief solace, sent me boxes of the choicest brands …. As many as ten thousand were soon received. I gave away all I could get rid of, but having such a quantity on hand I naturally smoked more than I would have done under ordinary circumstances, and I have continued the habit ever since.

Coincidentally, I have the same hat and beard as your favorite general.

Andreas Moser hat cigar

Thank you very much for the boxes of cigars in advance!

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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4 Responses to 10,000 boxes of cigars

  1. List of X says:

    I think you have to be in a war to get the cigars.

  2. nikoloz says:

    what is your favorite brand of cigs? I am as well heavy smoker but more UK style cigarettes is my choice.

    • My favorite ones are the “Toscano” and “Toscanello” from Italy (like the short cigars we smoked on Malta). There are some with chocolate and anise flavor, which are wonderful for dessert.
      There is a Mexican brand “Te Amo”, which I think are the best cigars in the Americas.

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