When war erupted in the spring of 1861

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When war erupted in the spring of 1861, Grant was able to predict its course with  impressive accuracy. He predicted South Carolina's secession a week before it  occurred, and predicted the secession of several other states later. Furthermore, his  military training allowed him to guess the war would break out beginning at Fort Sumter  in South Carolina. As President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for 75,000 troops, Grant  became active in enlisting men in Galena. He refused a chance to be their captain,  however, seeing such a command of volunteers as a demotion for a West Point-trained  Captain. Grant instead offered his services to help train soldiers at Camp Yates in  Illinois, but he was unable to gain the colonelcy that he so badly desired. He sent a  letter to Washington volunteering his services, but never received an answer–the letter  itself was not located until after the war ended. Even Grant's junior West Point 
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