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Chapter IV

  • Halleck relieves Fremont of the command in Missouri
  • -- a special State militia -- brigadier -- General of the Missouri militia -- a hostile Committee sent to Washington -- the Missouri quarrel of 1862 -- in command of the army of the Frontier -- absent through illness -- battle of Prairie Grove -- compelled to be Inactive -- transferred to Tennessee -- in command of Thomas's old Division of the Fourteenth Corps -- reappointed Major -- General -- a Hibernian ‘Striker.’


on November 19, 1861, Major-General H. W. Halleck relieved Major-General Fremont of the command of the Department of the Mississippi. On November 21 I was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, and reported to General Halleck for duty.

In the spring of 1861 a convention of the State of Missouri had assembled at St. Louis to consider the question of secession, and had decided to adhere to the Union. Nevertheless, the governor, Claiborne Fox Jackson, and the executive officers had joined the rebellion and fled from the State. The convention reassembled on July 20, and organized a provisional government. Hamilton R. Gamble was chosen provisional governor, and intrusted with very large powers. He was a sterling patriot, a man of ability and of the highest character in his public and private relations, much too conservative on the questions of States' rights and slavery to suit the ‘radical’ loyalists of that time, but possessing probably

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