Category Archives: Missouri

November 30, 1865: Immigrants go to loyal counties

An editorial from the Missouri Weekly Patriot out of Springfield, dated November 30, 1865, notes that immigration into the state is apparently correlated with support for abolition and the new state constitution, and assures its readers (rather naively) that all … Continue reading

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November 16, 1865: Reconstruction controversies

Thaddeus Stevens *************************** The Cape Girardeau Argus for November 16, 1865 shows its preferred Reconstruction policies in a couple of items reproduced from other papers. First, wondering why so many immigrants (and in Cape Girardeau County, these would mainly be … Continue reading

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November 9, 1865: Miscellaneous items

“Thomas Clement Fletcher” by Missouri Life Inc. – Missouri Governor Portraits. The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 9, 1865 has a number of items of interest. First, Governor Fletcher shows himself to be a somewhat moderate Radical, asking for modifications … Continue reading

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October 26, 1865: Building opposition to the Missouri Constitution

Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 26, 1865 reports on a trip about 50 miles to the southwest, to Bloomfield, MO. As the author tells us, opposition to the new Missouri Constitution was strong there in Stoddard County, and they … Continue reading

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October 19, 1865: Preparing for the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of October 19, 1865 published the call for a Mass Convention in st. Louis to support presidential reconstruction and to oppose the new Missouri constitution with its “cocklebur” oath that kept former Confederates out of … Continue reading

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September 28, 1865: A response to the Boston Letter

(I don’t have a picture of the writer, so here’s Andrew Johnson, to whom the response is addressed.) In late August of 1865, a group of some 200 Bostonians, including a US Congressman, a former president of Harvard, and several … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: A reply to “Anxious Parent”

Last week a letter to the editor from “An Anxious Parent” asked some probably rhetorical questions about the implementation of the Ironclad Oath in the new Missouri Constitution. This week’s Argus runs a response from a strong Unionist. Mr. Editor: … Continue reading

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September 21, 1865: Challenges to the Ironclad Oath

The Cape Girardeau Argus reports, perhaps with a hint of approval, on some challenges to the new Ironclad Oath in the Missouri 1865 Constitution. The New Constitution Father Cummings, a Catholic priest of Louisiana, Mo., has been fined $500 in … Continue reading

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September 14, 1865: An anxious parent

An item in the Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus, 9/14/1865. Apparently a local is getting a little snarky about the new “Drake” constitution of Missouri, passed in April, 1865, which included the ‘Ironclad’ or ‘Kucklebur’ Oath, which was contained in Article … Continue reading

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June 20, 1865: What to do with the Missouri Swamp Fox

The rebel guerrilla Jeff Thompson, sometimes referred to as the “Missouri Swamp Fox” because of his actions in the sloughs of “swampeast Missouri”, has surrendered, and is awaiting a pardon decision. FROM CAIRO.; Affairs in Arkansas Movements of Jeff. Thompson. … Continue reading

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