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Chapter III

  • Return to duty
  • -- General Harney's attitude -- Nathaniel Lyon in command -- defense of the St. Louis Arsenal -- service as mustering officer -- Major of the first Missouri -- surrender of Camp Jackson -- adjutant -- General on Lyon's staff -- a missing letter from Fremont to Lyon -- Lyon's reply -- battle of Wilson's Creek -- death of Lyon -- a question of command during the retreat -- origin of the opposition of the Blairs to Fremont -- affair at Fredericktown.

when it became probable that military force would be required by the government to maintain its authority in the Southern States, I informed the War Department of my readiness to return to duty whenever my services might be required, and was instructed to await orders in St. Louis. Upon President Lincoln's first call for volunteers, I was detailed to muster in the troops required of the State of Missouri. With the order of detail was furnished a copy of the old instructions for mustering into service, etc., which required me to call upon the governor of Missouri for the regiments to be mustered, and to accept only fully organized regiments. It was well and publicly known that the executive of Missouri was disloyal to the United States, and that compliance with the President's demand for volunteers was not to be expected from the State government; yet my instructions authorized me to take no action which could be effective under such circumstances, and the then department

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