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General John A. Rawlins

Gen. John A. Rawlins started as a stuanch Antebellum Democrat, but after Confederate separation from the union, he quickly switched his allegiance. He met Ulysses S. Grant (who has a store clerk at the time) in Galena, Illinois, and became his right-hand man throughout the Civil War and was regarded by Grant as one of his closest allies. He had a significant role in stopping Grant from falling into fits of drunkness and protected him against accusations from his adversaries. Grant brought Rawlins into his cabinet when he served as president, where Rawlins took the role of Secretary of War until his early death in 1869.


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