came from, if a man dares to say a word in favour of the Union
, we hang him to a limb of the first tree we come to.”
's reply the spirit of the Union
is likewise drawn: “After all, we are not so intolerant in St. Louis
as we might be. I have not seen a single rebel hung yet, nor heard of one.
There are plenty of them who ought to be, however.”
He next wrote from home to Washington
offering his services, and with some hesitation saying that he felt himself competent to command a regiment.
No answer came.
He went to Cincinnati
to see General McClellan
, but, failing twice, gave this up too. Of his enforced idleness he writes May 30, “During the six days I have been at home I have felt all the time as if a duty was being neglected that was paramount to any other duty I ever owed.”
But now the troops of the Twenty-first Illinois had become insubordinate.