Category Archives: John C. Fremont

November 9, 1861: Richmond Dispatch sorry to lose Fremont

General John Fremont The Richmond Daily Dispatch, with a bit of sarcasm, was grieved to see Fremont removed from command. He’d been doing the South so much good. General Fremont. –The career of General Fremont has been brief and brilliant. … Continue reading

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November 4, 1861: Hunter takes over in Missouri

Gen. David Hunter After a lot of drama instigated by a rather petulant Fremont, nothing much really happened. The confederates didn’t attack, and Hunter took over quietly. Fremont’s tumultuous role in the Western theater had come to an end. Meantime, … Continue reading

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November 2, 1861: Hunter takes command

Gen. David Hunter Fremont had called Hunter to bring reinforcements – now Hunter was replacing him. From the New York Times: SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Monday, Nov. 4, 1861. We have had stirring times here yesterday and today. Late on Saturday night, … Continue reading

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October 14, 1861: Cameron visits Missouri

John C. Fremont The “Pathfinder”, Fremont, had overstepped his authority by attempting to free the slaves of secessionists in Missouri. Lincoln, after forcing him to rescind his proclamation, sent Secretary of War Simon Cameron to St. Louis, apparently to administer … Continue reading

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September 11, 1861: Lincoln orders Fremont to rescind emancipation

Lincoln Revokes Fremont’s Emancipation Proclamation (Oct. 12, 1861) As we have seen, Fremont took the bold step of declaring the slaves of secessionists free. This was more than Lincoln could tolerate. At this early stage in the war, Lincoln could … Continue reading

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September 3, 1861: Fremont orders Grant to take Sikeston

John C. Fremont Fremont orders Grant to move south against Jeff Thompson’s troops at Sikeston. HEADQUARTERS WESTERN DEPARTMENT, Saint Louis, Mo., September 3, 1861. Brigadier-General GRANT, Cairo, Ill.: According to intelligence received by me the enemy has left Benton, but, … Continue reading

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September 2, 1861: Grant has a little command problem

Benjamin Prentiss A couple of dispatches from General Grant on September 2 show first a routine communication to General Prentiss, followed by official notice to the commanding general Fremont that Prentiss refused to take orders from Grant and put himself … Continue reading

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August 28, 1861: Grant ordered to Cape Girardeau

John C. Fremont General Fremont orders General Grant to Cape Girardeau, as part of a movement to clear the rebel forces from Southeast Missouri. It appears that this movement is ordered just about in time to miss them as they … Continue reading

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