Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XVII.
OUTBREAK OF THE REBELLION -- PRESIDING AT A UNION
MEETING -- MUSTERING OFFICER OF STATE TROOPS --
LYON AT CAMP JACKSON -- SERVICES TENDERED TO
THE GOVERNMENT.

THE 4th of March, 1861, came, and Abraham Lincoln was sworn to maintain the Union against all its enemies. The secession of one State after another followed, until eleven had gone out. On the 11th of April Fort Sumter, a National fort in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, was fired upon by the Southerners and a few days after was captured. The Confederates proclaimed themselves aliens, and thereby debarred themselves of all right to claim protection under the Constitution of the United States. We did not admit the fact that they were aliens, but all the same, they debarred themselves of the right to expect better treatment than people of any other foreign state who make war upon an independent nation. Upon the firing on Sumter President Lincoln issued his first call for troops and soon after a proclamation convening Congress in extra session. The call was for 75,000 volunteers for ninety days'

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