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

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CHAPTER XVIII.
APPOINTED COLONEL OF THE 21ST ILLINOIS -- PERSON
NEL OF THE REGIMENT -- GENERAL LOGAN -- MARCH
TO MISSOURI -- MOVEMENT AGAINST HARRIS AT
FLORIDA, MO. -- GENERAL POPE IN COMMAND -- STA
TIONED AT MEXICO, MO.

WHILE I was absent from the State capital on this occasion the President's second call for troops was issued. This time it was for 300,000 men, for three years or the war. This brought into the United States service all the regiments then in the State service. These had elected their officers from highest to lowest and were accepted with their organizations as they were, except in two instances. A Chicago regiment, the 19th infantry, had elected a very young man to the colonelcy. When it came to taking the field the regiment asked to have another appointed colonel and the one they had previously chosen made lieutenant colonel. The 21st regiment of infantry, mustered in by me at Mattoon, refused to go into the service with the colonel of their selection in any position. While I was still absent Governor Yates appointed me colonel of this latter regiment.

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