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Outbreak of the rebellion-presiding at a Union meeting-mustering officer of State troops- Lyon at camp Jackson-services tendered to the government The 4th of March, 1861, came, and Abraham Linco
did not do so I do not know.
There was but a small garrison, two companies I think, under Captain N. Lyon at the arsenal, and but for the timely services of the Hon. F. P. Blair, I have little doub he did raise a regiment and took command himself as Colonel.
With this force he reported to Captain Lyon and placed himself and regiment under his orders.
It was whispered that Lyon thus reinforcedLyon thus reinforced intended to break up Camp Jackson and capture the militia.
I went down to the arsenal in the morning to see the troops start out [May 10]. I had known Lyon for two years at West Point and in the oldLyon for two years at West Point and in the old army afterwards.
Blair I knew very well by sight.
I had heard him speak in the canvass of 1858, possibly several times, but I had never spoken to him. As the troops marched out of the enclosure aro