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Chapter VI

  • A memorandum for Mr. Lincoln
  • -- the President's instructions -- his reply to the radical delegation -- the matter of colored Enlistments -- modification of the order respecting elections refused -- a letter to the President on the condition of Missouri -- former Confederates in Union militia regiments -- summoned to Washington by Mr. Lincoln -- offered the command of the army of the Ohio -- anecdote of General Grant.


on October 1, 1863, I furnished the following memorandum to the Hon. James S. Rollins, M. C., for the information of the President. It was doubtless seen by the President before the date of his letter to the radical delegation, quoted further on.
The radicals urge as evidence of Genl. Schofield's misrule that Missouri is in a worse condition than at any time since the rebellion; that he has failed to use the troops at his disposal to put down the rebellion. This charge is false, unless it be admitted that the radicals are rebels. It is true that the State is in a bad condition, and it is equally true that this condition is directly brought about by professed Union men—radicals.

There has been no time since the beginning of the war when there were so few armed rebels or guerrillas in Missouri as at the present time. The only trouble at all worth mentioning in comparison with what the State has suffered heretofore is the lawless acts of radicals in their efforts to exterminate or drive out all who differ from them in political sentiment. This lawlessness is instigated, encouraged, and applauded by the radical press and leaders. Every effort to put down this lawlessness is

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