me. My connection with Washington University brought me into close relations with many of the most patriotic, enlightened, and, above all, unselfish citizens of Missouri.
Some of them were of the Southern school of politics, but the large majority were earnest Union men, though holding the various shades of opinion then common meet Hamilton R. Gamble until after he had become governor.
I shall have occasion to say more of him later.
He was the foremost champion of the Union cause in Missouri, and the most abused by those who were loudest in their professions of loyalty.
Of the younger generation, I will mention only one, whose good deeds would otherdevoted friends from that day to this.
The name of that dear friend of mine is Charles Gibson.
Among the earliest and most active leaders in the Union cause in Missouri, I must not fail to mention the foremost—Frank P. Blair, Jr. His patriotism and courage were like a calcium light at the head of the Union column in the dark day