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[38] a regiment which he had mustered at Mattoon; and it would appear that the officers, dissatisfied with their colonel, had spoken to the governor of Grant. The governor seems to have been puzzled. Meeting a book-keeper from the Galena store, he said: “What kind of a man is this Captain Grant?. . . He . . . declined my offer to recommend him to Washington for a brigadier-generalship, saying he didn't want office till he had earned it.” And the book-keeper replied, “Ask him no questions, but simply order him to duty.” On the day when, through a friend's offices, Grant had received the commission of colonel of an Ohio regiment, Governor Yates telegraphed him his appointment as colonel of the Twenty-first Illinois; and this he chose, and went to Springfield.

There is a story that he was introduced to his command by two orators, who both burst into eloquence and rhapsodised for some time. His turn came,

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