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V. On Friday, April 12, 1861, news reached Galena that South Carolina had fired upon Fort Sumter. On Monday came tidings of its capture. On Tuesday there was a town meeting, with a slippery mayor. But two spirits of a different quality spoke
It all seems as casual as fate.
Tired of waiting, though Washburne counselled patience, he was about to return to Galena, when he was taken into the adjutant-general's office; and for a while he sat in a corner, filling blanks with such ease ot a material need or detail that he did not thoroughly foresee and attend to. An officer serving under him wrote back to Galena, This man is the pure gold.
As the stress of experience and responsibility roused him more and more, his brain took in h book last.
Chittenden has told us how the transfixed hotel clerk changed his manner on reading, U. S. Grant and son, Galena, Ill. Horace Porter records Lincoln's cry of welcome that evening.
John Sherman writes to his brother of the adulations in