Monthly Archives: May 2011

May 31, 1861: Who’s in charge in Missouri?

Nathaniel Lyon In a couple of dispatches, we see two disparate responses to the removal of William Harney from command. Harney can’t believe it’s really true; Lyon is ready to assume command. From the Official Record, Ser. 1, Vol. 3, … Continue reading

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May 30, 1861: Harney is dismissed

Frank Blair While the order below was dated May 16, it was delivered to Harney on the night of May 30, 1861. It was the second time Harney had been relieved of command. The first time Lincoln encouraged Frank Blair … Continue reading

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May 29, 1861: Price says “No, really, everything’s okay.”

Price and Harney For a few days, we’ve been following the ongoing dialogue between Price and Harney, as the latter notes the continuing aggression from the South, while the former tries to reassure him. Were Price and Governor Jackson actually … Continue reading

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May 28, 1861: Price says there’s nothing to worry about

Price and Harney General Price assures General Harney that nobody’s planning to invade Missouri. JEFFERSON CITY, MO., May 28, 1861. General W. S. HARNEY: Your informant must be mistaken; neither the governor nor myself know anything of troops being raised … Continue reading

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May 27, 1861: Harney’s getting worried

Price and Harney The Price-Harney truce was only a week old, but it was starting to show a lot of cracks. Harney was increasingly worried about threatening movements on Missouri’s borders, along with attacks on Missouri unionists. From the Official … Continue reading

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May 26, 1861: Memphis welcomes Missouri secessionists

Secessionists from Missouri, enraged by the Camp Jackson affair and frustrated by the Price-Harney truce, headed south to Tennessee looking for a chance to fight for the Confederacy. Memphis made them feel at home. From the Memphis Daily Appeal, May … Continue reading

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May 25, 1861: MO Governor corresponds with the Confederacy

Claiborne Fox Jackson While General Harney, in St. Louis, was trying to maintain a truce with the secessionist-leaning state militia under General Price and Governor Jackson, Jackson was getting offers of help from the secretary of war of the Confederacy. … Continue reading

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May 24, 1861: Harney worries; Price reassures

Sterling Price and William Harney General Harney, after having signed a truce with the secessionist forces under General Price, was trying to make it work. The continuing reports of Confederate arms coming into Missouri, and Confederate troops massing to the … Continue reading

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May 23, 1861: McCulloch needs guns for Indian allies

Benjamin McCulloch The war in the west was beginning to take shape. In Arkansas, confederate Gen. Benjamin McCulloch was mustering regiments from among the Choctaws, Creeks, and Cherokees, but lacked arms for them. From the Official Record, Series 1, Vol. … Continue reading

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May, 1861: Douglass knows how to win the war – Free the slaves

Frederick Douglass Of course, he may have been a bit biased. But his May editorial is still prescient, and it would just take Lincoln a couple of years to come around. From Douglass’ Monthly, May 1861: HOW TO END THE … Continue reading

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