The year at Galena was more than ever isolated.
His quiet judgment, however, seems to have been wide-awake.
He went to hear Douglas during the campaign of this year, and, being asked how he liked him, answered, He is a very able, at least a very smart man.
And from having been a Democrat--so far as he was definitely anything political — his change of view dates from this occasion.
The words of Douglas caused him to rejoice over Lincoln's election.
Except his vote for Buchanan, his single political manifestation previous to this had been to join the Know-Nothings at St. Louis, and attend one meeting.
But now he had listened to Douglas, and preferred Lincoln; and South Carolina had seceded.
The state of the country became his one thought.
It is interesting to reflect that South Carolina, the first state to leave the Union, sent one man in thirty-eight to the Revolution, while Grant's ancestral state, Connecticut, furnished one man in seven, or five times as man