In acknowledging the President
's letter on June 1, I concluded by saying:
I have strong hopes that the Missouri State Convention, at its approaching session, will adopt such measures for the speedy emancipation of slaves as will secure the acquiescence of the large majority of Union men, though perhaps not quite satisfactory to either extreme.
If this hope be realized, one of my most embarrassing difficulties will be removed, or at least greatly diminished.
The military problem in that department, as understood by me and by my superiors in Washington
, was at that time a comparatively simple one, though my predecessor in command of the department entertained different views.
With my views of the military situation, whether confined to my own department or extended to embrace the entire country, there was but one course to