the military administration you maintain in Missouri
, their blood will be upon your garments and not upon ours.”
The President, evidently greatly surprised, made no oral reply.
Instead of speaking he raised his handkerchief to his eyes.
Seeing that he was weeping, the delegates quietly and quickly filed out, leaving Mr. Lincoln
with his face still concealed.
The President denied the delegation's request, although his formal decision was not announced for several days, and its members returned to their homes, when fortunate enough to have them, sorely disappointed.
It is here well enough to state that two or three months later the President
from his Missouri
command and sent him to the front in the South
, much to the betterment of his military reputation, and doubtless to his own personal gratification.
was made his successor.
Among the earliest things he did was the bringing into the State
of a considerable force of Federal troops under Generals Pleasanton
and A. J. Smith
These were sent through the State
The effect was almost magical.
Some of the guerrilla bands went South to join Price
, but the most of them dissolved and disappeared.
Their members, doubtless, went back to their former occupations, and that was the last of them.
But were the Missouri Radicals
so far disheartened by their rebuffs from the President
that they gave up the fight?
Not a bit of it. There was a tribunal in some respects higher than the President
, and to that they resolved to go. The National Republican