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John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 10: Missouri. (search)
ammunition for each. These, from the commanding hills, will be effective, both against the garrison, and to breach the enclosing walls of the place. Encouraged by this co-operation, the Governor, as his next step, instructed one of his militia generals, D. M. Frost, a West Point graduate, to assemble the available organized and equipped volunteer companies of the State in a camp of instruction at St. Louis. The Governor had also convened his Rebel Legislature to meet in extra session on May 2d. The day following, May 3d, began the assembling of the militia in Camp Jackson, so named in honor of the Governor. Two regiments and part of a third soon arrived; and though some of the companies were either without political bias, or of Union sentiment, a general spirit of secession pervaded the camp, and its avenues were christened Davis and Beauregard. The object of the organization soon became unmistakably known to Lyon, Blair, and the Union Safety Committee, who, by the aid of skilf
John G. Nicolay, The Outbreak of Rebellion, Chapter 11: Kentucky. (search)
ndiana and of Missouri. No substantial success, however, attended these efforts; and the Governor's application to the banks for money also resulted, in the main, in a discouraging refusal, largely due to the dominating Union sentiment, which suspected him of treasonable designs. A second endeavor to influence the Legislature remained equally barren. That body, which had only adjourned on the 5th of April, was by proclamation once more called to meet in a second special session, beginning May 2d. The Governor's message, reciting the startling events which had occurred, stigmatized the President's defence of the Government as extraordinary usurpations, the enthusiastic patriotism of the loyal States as the frenzy of fanaticism, and asserted with dogmatic stubbornness that the late American Union is dissolved; recommending, as before, a State convention, military appropriations, and organization of the militia. He also sent a messenger to ask the Governors of Ohio and Indiana to joi