to remove Harney
and appoint Lyon
to the command.
They were successful.
An order was made appointing Lyon
brigadier-general of volunteers, and another relieving Harney
of the command of the department of the West.
The last order was sent to Blair
with instructions to use it with discretion, which he did by stirring up the committee of safety to demand that Harney
be removed at once.
relinquished command of the department on the 30th of May, and Brigadier-General Lyon
assumed command the next day.
now had everything in their own hands.
There was nothing to prevent them making war upon whom they pleased.
They had agreed upon a plan of campaign before the capture of Camp Jackson, but Harney
had blocked them temporarily.
The plan was, as stated by Blair
in a letter to the President
, to advance into the State
and take and hold Jefferson City
, St. Joseph
, and other points if found advisable.
thought the troops raised in the State
, reinforced by the regular troops at Fort Leavenworth
and the volunteer troops in Kansas
, would be sufficient to enable Lyon
to carry out this plan.
was less confident and more grasping.
He wanted the governors of Illinois
ordered to send him the troops they had been ordered to send Harney
The authorities at Washington
did as Lyon
At St. Louis
, besides about 500 regulars, he had ten regiments of infantry, a battalion of artillery, a company of sappers and miners, and a company of riflemen, aggregating, officers and men, about 10,000.
He had several thousand Home Guards in parts of the State
where the Germans were numerous, who were well armed and equipped.
At Fort Leavenworth
there were 1,000 regulars.
there were two regiments, nearly 2,000 strong.
regiments were on the northern border of the State
, anxious to invade it, and Illinois
was concentrating troops at Cairo