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e period were confused by the inflated atmosphere that prevailed, and this extended to the author of Massachusetts in the Rebellion (P. C. Headley), who thus sums up the events: At dead of night, with the rapidity of a strong mind, stimulated to its quickest thought by the rush of events, he [General Butler] made out in writing his plan of operations; this plan being one in reality thought out two months before by a modest railway president, foreseeing the impending troubles. Letter of J. M. Forbes, Schouler, I, 132. It is a curious fact, but characteristic of the crude enthusiasm of those early days of preparation, that the railway president was not more completely ignored by the Massachusetts soldiers than by their comrades from New York, although the transfer of the honor was in a different direction. All the glory of the enterprise heaped by Massachusetts on General Butler was with equal unanimity and with quite as much reason attributed to Colonel Lefferts. In the spirite