and much was expected from him; but his speech was this: “Men, go to your quarters.”
They presently discovered that they had a colonel, although the colonel had no uniform, being obliged to go home and borrow three hundred dollars to buy him horse and equipments.
This regiment had volunteered for thirty days; but, after listening to McClernand
's and Logan
's patriotic addresses, Grant
relates that they entered the United States
service almost to a man. He does not say that a month later, in Missouri
, when these same men whom he had severely disciplined heard that he was likely to be promoted, they requested to be attached to his command.
He wrote his father this; but he adds that he does not wish it read to the others, “for I very much dislike speaking of myself.”
His men did not know his feelings as he drew near what he thought was to be his first engagement.
He writes; “As ”