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[51] struggle. He and the few leaders, who took the South into Secession, managed to make it believe that “one Southerner was equal to five Yankees.” And Davis made a speech in which he announced that he was ready to “drink every drop of blood shed south of Mason and Dixon's line.” This line across our country was quite seriously thought by Secessionists to divide all Americans graphically into heroes and cowards. This tribal mania was very naturally heightened by the performances of Generals Butler and Schenck and the rout of Bull Run. In the East the Union cause looked dark enough, when light unexpectedly came from the West. General Grant stands the central figure in that light.

To follow him, a survey of the country must be taken. Through the gallant Lyon and Blair and Curtis and Pope, Secession presently lost Missouri. This made safe Illinois across the river; for

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