The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter One
The Rush to the Ranks

The attack on Fort Sumter was immediately followed by the president's call for 75,000 volunteers to serve for three months, and the whole country was at once wild with excitement and enthusiasm, and became, from east to west, a scene of such passionate and headlong activity as I could not have credited in so practical and self-contained a people as ours. The rush to be accepted in the ranks of the new regiments, and the rush of the officers of the regiments to the state capitals to assure that their regiments would form a part of the force called for by the president, were as gratifying as surprising. Certainly twice, and probably three times as many regiments were offered as were required by the proclamation, and it became at once apparent that the government would have no difficulty in raising all the troops needed to put down the rebellion, even if they included all the able-bodied men in the North. Whatever may have been a man's politics, or whatever he may have thought in the abstract upon the horrors of a war with our own countrymen,

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