“General Leonidas Polk and his staff met with Union officers under a flag of truce in November 1861.
After disposing of matters of business, the men adjourned for a simple luncheon. A Union colonel raised his glass and proposed a toast, “To George Washington, the Father of His Country.”
To that toast General Polk quickly added: “And the First Rebel.” All officers drank to the amended toast.”
(An Essential Amendment, Southern Partisan, Volume XXIV, Number 2, pg. 11)