leather and buy hides for his father's branch store in Galena
He was paid six hundred dollars at first, and later eight hundred.
But this did not support his wife and four children.
He went to the war in debt, which he paid from his first military savings.
In 1866 he refused his inheritance, saying that he had helped to make none of his father's wealth.
This must be remembered in considering Grant
's acceptance of presents in acknowledgment of his military services.
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.