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“ [35] any day I like, but these mules cost $150 apiece.” In the vast shuffle and ferment, then, how should poor, silent, unshowy Grant not be lost? The marvel is that he was found so soon. 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 and naturalness that nobody noticed it was well done. Next he was sent for a few days to Camp Yates while the commandant was absent. Force was felt in him here; and he was one of the five officers appointed to muster in ten regiments at Mattoon. It was called Camp Grant. But none of this led to anything. He wrote to his father, “I might have got the colonelcy of a regiment possibly; but I was perfectly sick of the political wire-pulling for all these commissions, and would not engage in it.”

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