assigned by General Halleck
to the ‘command of all the militia of the State
,’ and charged with the duty of raising, organizing, etc., the special force which had been authorized by the President
The organization of the militia was not completed until about the middle of April, 1862, when the aggregate force was 13,800 men, consisting of fourteen regiments and two battalions of cavalry (mounted riflemen), one regiment of infantry, and one battery of artillery.
But the troops were enrolled mainly in the districts where their services were required.
As rapidly as companies were organized and equipped, they were put in the field with the United States troops then occupying the State
, and thus rapidly acquired, by active service with older troops, the discipline and instruction necessary to efficiency, so that by the time the organization was completed this body of troops was an efficient and valuable force.
My official report, made on December 7, 1862,1
to the department commander and the general-in-chief
, gives a detailed account of the purely military operations of that period.
But many matters less purely military which entered largely into the history of that time deserve more than a passing notice.
During the short administration of General Fremont
, the Union party had split into two factions, ‘radical’ and ‘conservative,’ hardly less bitter in their hostility to each other than to the party of secession.
The more advanced leaders of the radicals held that secession had abolished the constitution and all laws restraining the powers of the government over the people of the Confederate States
, and even over disloyal citizens of States adhering to the Union
They advocated immediate emancipation of the slaves, and confiscation by military authority of all property of ‘rebels and rebel sympathizers’—that