Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 31, 1861: Missouri secedes (sort of)

Claiborne Fox Jackson Former governor Claiborne Fox Jackson of Missouri, had been pushed back to the far southwest corner of the state by a series of Union victories. He and the remnants of the secessionists from the legislature set up … Continue reading

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October 30, 1861: Fremont calls for Gen. Hunter

Gen. David Hunter Fremont, having taken Springfield, was worried about a counterattack. He called for Gen. David Hunter and others to bring reinforcements. From the Official Record: SPRINGFIELD, MO., October 30, 1861-1 a.m. Major General D. HUNTER, U. S. A., … Continue reading

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October 29, 1861: Grant and Polk correspond

U.S. Grant From the Richmond Daily Dispatch, Oct. 29, 1861: Exchange of prisoners — correspondence between Gens. Grant and Polk. The Cairo correspondent of the St. Louis Republican,writing on the 14th inst., says the following note was delivered to Gen. … Continue reading

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October 28, 1861: Garrison in New York

William Lloyd Garrison Famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison visited New York, and gave an impromptu speech. The article from the New York Times is noteworthy to me mainly because of its headline. Apparently irony wasn’t nearly so well-developed in the … Continue reading

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October 27, 1861: Contrabands invade the south

From the New York Times: Fugitive Slaves Going South. The Naval Expedition about setting sail from Hampton Roads to some point on the Southern coast, will be accompanied by one thousand negroes, able-bodied men, being a part of the number … Continue reading

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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 23, 1861: Breckinridge in Virginia

John Cabell Breckinridge Rumors about the whereabouts of John C. Breckinridge abound; here the Richmond Dispatch reports him in Virginia, along with other secessionist refugees from Kentucky. From the Richmond Daily Dispatch: The faithful sons of Kentucky. –We have announced … Continue reading

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October 22, 1861: Zollicoffer repulsed in Kentucky

From the New York Times: IMPORTANT FROM KENTUCKY.; The Repulse of Zollicoffer at Camp Wild Cat. MORE PRISONERS DISCHARGED. CINCINNATI, Tuesday, Oct. 22. A courier has arrived here from Camp Dick Robinson, and reports a fight yesterday between Gen. ZOLLICOFFER … Continue reading

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