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,