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 out. Washburne
said, “Any man who will try to stir party prejudices at such a time as this is a traitor.”
ended his fervent speech, “We will stand by the flag of our country, and appeal to the God of battles.”
These two names must always be joined with Grant
's fortunes; and this was the first night of their common cause.
in Congress became Grant
's good angel against the public, and Rawlins
's tent was his good angel against temptation — John A. Rawlins
, farmer, charcoal-burner, self-educated lawyer, “swarthy, rough-hewn, passionate,” as