The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant: April-September 1861 - Vol. 2

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avoid political statements and entanglements. Thus it is impossible to date his transfer to the Republican Party, though it is clear that by 1864 the change was complete.
On April 15, 1861, following the fall of Fort Sumter, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for 75,000 militia to enforce the laws of the United States. Lincoln, Works, IV, 331-32.
On April 17, a Va. state convention adopted an ordinance of secession. Va. did not technically leave the Union until the action of the convention was ratified by popular vote on May 23. Ratification, however, was inevitable; USG was correct in considering Va. out of the Union.
Capt. Frederick Tracy Dent of Mo., USMA 1843, 9th Inf., then stationed on the Pacific Coast, was a brother-in-law of USG.
USG had four children: Frederick Dent, born May 30, 1850; Ulysses S., Jr., born July 22, 1852; Ellen Wrenshall, born July 4, 1855; Jesse Root, Jr., born Feb. 6, 1858.
USG refers to Capt. Frederick T. Dent's third child, second son, Sidney Johnston Dent, presumably named for Bvt. Brig. Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston of La., USMA 1826, later C. S. A. gen. and USG's opponent at Shiloh. Sidney Dent was born Feb. 18, 1861, at Walla Walla, Washington Territory. Registration Book, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
John Cromwell Dent was a brother-in-law of USG. Lewis Sheets was apparently connected with the Dent family. A relative of Frederick Dent who married Col. John O'Fallon of St. Louis had a maiden name variously given as Schütz, Schutz, and Sheets. In 1866, a subpoena for Lewis Sheets indicated his residence "at Mrs. Col. O'Fallons." Papers in the case of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia B. Grant vs. Joseph W. White, Circuit Court, Twenty-second Judicial Circuit of Missouri, St. Louis, Mo.
To Jesse Root Grant
Galena, April 21st 1861

We are now in the midst of trying times when evry one must be for or against his country, and show his colors too, by his every act. Having been educated for such an emergency, at the expense of the Government, I feel that it has upon me superior claims, such claims as no ordinary motives of self-interest can surmount. I do not wish to act hastily or unadvisadly in the matter, and as there are more than enough to respond to the first call of the President, I have not yet offered myself. I have promised and am giving all the assistance I can in organizing


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