Adjutant General's Office

The most famous occupant of this room was Ulysses S. Grant, whom President Lincoln appointed commander of the Union Army during the Civil War. Lincoln missed meeting him in Springfield by a few months -- he left February 11, 1861, and Grant arrived on April 26.

Grant was passing through town with a company of volunteers from Jo Daviess County, Illinois, when Governor Richard Yates asked him to stay and drill soldiers. Grant remained a few months, also handling paperwork in this office, although he confessed, "papers are not my forte."

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