Colonel Grant set out for Missouri1

Colonel Grant set - Missouriwasamess,,slaveandfree.The 's cause,

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Colonel Grant set out for Missouri as commander of the Twenty-First Illinois Regiment.  Missouri was a mess, its loyalties split between North and South, slave and free. The  North considered the maintenance of Missouri as a free state critical to the Union's  cause, and Grant for the most part stood as the key defender. He met little organized  resistance and gave his volunteers a crash-course on military discipline, tactics, and  training. On July 31, 1861, Lincoln submitted Grant's name to Congress for a promotion  to brigadier general. Among Grant's cheerier moments that summer was a time when  he dropped in on the rent collectors' office in St. Louis where he had worked in the late  1850s. His former partner cursed at him and tried to throw him out of the shop, but  Grant now stood as a general of the Army. Meanwhile, Lincoln had already begun a shift 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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Colonel Grant set - Missouriwasamess,,slaveandfree.The 's cause,

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