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[212] his commission in the regular army and became the proprietor of a planing mill at St. Louis. In 1854-58 he was a member of the Missouri senate, and in 1860 was one of the board of visitors to the United States military academy. At the time that Mr. Lincoln issued his call for troops and received such flat refusals from the governors of the border slave States, Governor Jackson of Missouri planned with Gen. Daniel M. Frost, command. ing a small brigade of volunteer militia, to seize the arsenal at St. Louis and arm the State troops. This plan was defeated by General Lyon, who with 700 men surrounded Frost's brigade of only 635, and forced their surrender. While the surrender was taking place, a great crowd of people gathered and some of them expressed sympathy for the prisoners. One of Lyon's German regiments then opened fire upon them and 28 men, women and children were killed. A similar scene occurred next day. It was the capture of this camp and the scenes that accompanied it that drove General Price and many others, who up to that time had been staunch Union men, into the ranks of the secessionists, thus inaugurating civil war in Missouri. Frost was at this time paroled. He was afterwards exchanged, and at the battle of Pea Ridge led a brigade of Missouri State troops, which did worthy service. Just before this battle (March 3, 1862), Frost was commissioned brigadier-general. When the army of the West under Van Dorn and Price crossed the Mississippi in April, 1862, General Frost went with them. On May 8th General Bragg appointed him inspector-general, but on May 26th General Frost at his own request was relieved from this position. Concerning this General Bragg says: ‘The general commanding could not well sustain a greater loss at this particular juncture, and deeply regrets the cause which takes from us an officer so accomplished, zealous and efficient.’ General Frost served under Hindman in Arkansas in 1862, and at the battle of Prairie Grove in December

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