Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 30, 1861: Missouri is saved

Nathaniel Lyon We heard yesterday that Missouri had been crushed; apparently it depends on your point of view. Everyone seems to agree, though, that Missouri is firmly in the grip of the Union. From the New York Times: Missouri may … Continue reading

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June 29, 1861: Missouri has been crushed

Confederate General Ben McCulloch was very pessimistic about the state of affairs in Missouri. Federal troop strength was growing, and the secessionist governor on the run. Much like his counterpart on the other side, he needed troops and arms. From … Continue reading

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June 28, 1861: More troops to Cairo

Benj. Prentiss McClellan responded to Prentiss’ call for more troops at Cairo. GRAFTON, VA., June 28, 1861. CHESTER HARDING, Jr.: Have ordered three Illinois regiments to move to Cairo whenever called for by General Prentiss, who will look out for … Continue reading

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June 27, 1861: Northern immigrants will bring “free love” South.

An editorial in the Richmond Daily Dispatch is prescient, in a way. There would indeed eventually be an influx of immigrants from the North, but not to a victorious independent Confederacy. I’m also not sure to what extent the immigrants … Continue reading

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June 26, 1861: Plans to invade Missouri or Kansas

Benjamin McCulloch The Confederacy encouraged McCulloch to act in Missouri, if necessary via Kansas. With fugitive governor Jackson fleeing toward the southwest corner of Missouri, support from Arkansas was becoming a more urgent necessity if there was to be any … Continue reading

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June 25, 1861: The situation in Missouri

Frank Blair The New York Times’ Missouri correspondent “Index” wired a detailed analysis of the Missouri situation: ST. LOUIS, Mo., Tuesday, June 25, 1861. If there has been any doubt lingering in the minds of the people of other States, … Continue reading

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June 24, 1861: Lyon wants more troops to hold Cape Girardeau

Nathaniel Lyon Nathaniel Lyon was trying to prioritize the occupation of strategic points in the west. His center of power was St. Louis, a crucial port at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Benjamin Prentiss’ Illinois troops held … Continue reading

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June 23, 1861: Creek Indians are divided

Benjamin McCulloch General McCulloch was charged with command over the Indian Territory for the Confederacy, and he had to act as a diplomat to a large number of independent nations. Sometimes a single tribe constituted more than one, as this … Continue reading

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June 22, 1861: Chief Ross plays a deep game

John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee John Ross, it appears, was doing a very good job of playing both sides against each other. The Unionists thought he was Union; the Confederate general McCulloch, as evidenced by his dispatch below, was … Continue reading

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June 21, 1861: McClellan heads for St. Louis

George McClellan Having been given command of Missouri, McClellan set out to visit this new part of his responsibility. From the OR Ser 1, Vol 3, Part 1, p. 385: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF OHIO, Cincinnati, June 18, 1861. CHESTER HARDING, … Continue reading

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