Category Archives: John C. Fremont

October 26, 1861: Fremont’s dismissal – NYT editorial

Fremont The New York Times editorializes on the dismissal of Fremont — they don’t like him, but they don’t think he should be dismissed while in the battlefield, but they really think that he and Missourians have to accept the … Continue reading

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October 25, 1861: Springfield, MO retaken by the Union

The southwest Missouri town of Springfield had been taken by the rebels as a consequence of the Union defeat at Wilson’s Creek. On October 25, the Union troops under Fremont recaptured Springfield. From the New York Times: ST. LOUIS, Sunday, … Continue reading

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October 24, 1861: Lincoln orders Fremont removed from command

John C. Fremont Lincoln had had enough of Fremont’s grandiosity by now. He’d forced Fremont to rescind a proclamation freeing slaves of secessionists, and he had ordered him to stop fortifying St. Louis. Lincoln’s order would not reach Fremont in … Continue reading

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October 17, 1861: Fremont pursues Price across the Osage

Sterling Price Yesterday reports came out that Sigel had pursued Price across the Osage. It looks from this item that Fremont may actually have been in command. IMPORTANT FROM MISSOURI.; Impending Battle Between Fremont and Price. GEN. FREMONT ACROSS THE … Continue reading

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September 30, 1861: Southern response to the fall of Lexington

John C. Fremont The Richmond Daily Dispatch rejoiced over the Confederate victory at Lexington, MO . Their estimation of its significance was a bit overblown, but the prediction of Fremont’s downfall wasn’t far off the mark. The great victory in … Continue reading

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September 12, 1861: A slave freed in St. Louis

The day after Lincoln ordered Fremont to rescind his emancipation proclamation, it looks as if the word hadn’t yet gotten back to St. Louis. The Richmond Dispatch published the story, no doubt to inflame public outrage over this abolitionist act: … Continue reading

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August 30, 1861: Fremont frees the slaves?

John C. Fremont General Fremont, in command in St. Louis, issued a proclamation on August 30, 1861, declaring martial law, and in a bold move, freeing the slaves of disloyal citizens: All persons who shall be taken with arms in … 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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August 18, 1861: The Swamp Fox plans a little trick

Pillow wrote to Polk that he had driven the Union troops out of Southeast Missouri all the way up to Cape Girardeau — a claim that may have been slightly exaggerated. He also claimed that Fremont was pulling back to … Continue reading

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August 11, 1861: Confederate strategy in eastern Missouri is a mess

From the dispatches below I gather that Hardee wanted Jeff Thompson to attack the lead mining area of Ironton, in east central Missouri, while Pillow wanted Thompson in New Madrid to help him move north along the river. Polk appears … Continue reading

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