Ulysses S. Grant in Mattoon
The marker is located in Mattoon, near the Amtrak Station, at the intersection of 17th Street and Broadway.
City of Mattoon and The Illinois State Historical Society
On May 15, 1861, Ulysses S. Grant mustered in the seventh district regiment in Mattoon. As recruiting officer, Grant had neither uniform nor commission. A month later, as a colonel, Grant took command of the group, renamed the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Of the 1,250 original enlistees, 603 marched with Grant into battle.
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