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Unformatted text preview: Returning to St. Louis and after resurrecting his marriage, Grant tried his hand at farming and built his family a massive house called Hardscrabble on his father-in-law's farm. However, even with his in-laws' help and loans of money and slaves, Grant could not make the farm work, and was reduced to selling firewood on the street corner in St. Louis. In 1857 Grant had to pawn his pocket watch to buy Christmas presents for his family. He even briefly became a rent collector. Eventually, in 1859, he admitted failure and headed for home with his family. Grant's father offered him a place in the family store in Galena, Illinois, where he worked morosely until war clouds again began to gather with the presidential Election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. When Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers, Grant offered his services as an ex-Army officer. He first served as colonel of an Illinois regiment before services as an ex-Army officer....
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- Summer '08