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[6] Galena began in April, 1861, and by April, 1864, was the will-power of his country.

But why was such a man still obscure at the age of thirty-nine? Again his own words give the fundamental explanation: “As I grow older, I become more indolent, my besetting sin through life.” This was written in 1873 to his minister to England, and no truer word ever came from him. Together with the remark about taking Richmond, it reveals the foundation upon which the whole man was built. Great will and great indolence met about equally in Grant; therefore he stood still, needing a push from without to move him. The gun that fired on Sumter was the push. Until that day he resembled a large animal hibernating. To what he did and left undone his other qualities contributed; but these two controlled,--indolence and will. In their light his story can be plainly read, his portrait clearly seen.

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