of the government, organized themselves into companies, and received some instruction in tactics at their places of secret nightly meeting in the city.
On the other hand, the organized militia of the State
, mostly disloyal, were in the city of St. Louis
near the arsenal, which contained many thousand muskets, and which was defended by only a small body of regular troops.
There was great danger that the arsenal would follow the fate of the public arsenals in the more Southern States.
To avert this danger was the first great object.
Upon receipt of the necessary authority by Captain Lyon
, I was called out of church on Sunday morning, April 21, and the loyal secret organizations were instructed to enter the arsenal at night, individually, each member being furnished with a pass for that purpose.
The mustering officer employed himself all night and the following day in distributing arms and ammunition to the men as they arrived, and in stationing them along the arsenal walls.
Thus the successful defense of the arsenal was secured, though its garrison was neither mustered into service nor organized into regiments, nor even enrolled.
The organization of the volunteers now began, the mustering officer superintending the election of officers, enrolling the men, and perfecting the organization in conformity to the militia laws of the State
On June 4 I transmitted to the adjutant-general
‘the muster-rolls of five regiments of infantry; of four rifle battalions of two companies each, attached to the 1st, 2d, 3d, and 4th regiments; of one artillery battalion of three companies; and of a company of pioneers’; also ‘the muster-roll of Brigadier-General Lyon
's staff, mustered by himself.’
Accompanying the muster-rolls was a return showing the strength of each regiment and of the brigade.
had previously been elected brigadier-general of the brigade the regiments of which I had mustered in,