Monthly Archives: April 2011

April 28, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri I replied to a letter from my brother in law, Tom Ewing who is Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court & lobbying in Washington. Tom, After you left us I … Continue reading

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April 27, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri I have as yet heard nothing more of young Turner’s application to West Point. If his commission come, his father Major Turner, who is a native Virginian, will be in a … Continue reading

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April 26, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri I am recommending to my brother, Senator John Sherman, my classmate at West Point, Fred VanVliet for appointment to a cavalry post in the army. Dear Brother, I think you remember … Continue reading

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April 25, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri I am informed that McClellan is appointed to command the Ohio militia. He is a most excellent appointment. A better officer could not be found.  As I conjectured Ohio could not … Continue reading

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April 24, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri Before the Real War does come. Congress must meet, and maybe, the Convention of all the states assembled—and the exact position which each will assume in the coming struggle be clearly … Continue reading

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April 23, 1861

Office St. Louis R. R. Co. St. Louis, Missouri I received a letter from my Brother, Senator John Sherman.  This is what I wrote in reply: Dear Brother, I am this moment in receipt of yours of April 19, from … Continue reading

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April 22, 1861

St Louis, Missouri Virginia has seceded from the Union and it appears that North Carolina and Tennessee may soon follow.  Missouri is on edge.  Frank Blair is rabid and would inflame the whole state against the Union by pronouncements.  There … Continue reading

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April 21, 1861

St Louis, Missouri Minute Men are drilling by night and some think they will attack the Arsenal.  I have visited and Nathaniel Lyon is a good commander who will be able to hold the arsenal.  In any event, I think … Continue reading

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April 20, 1861

St Louis, Missouri The first movements of our government will fail and the leaders be cast aside.  A second or third set will rise and amongst them I may be.  But at present, I will not volunteer as a soldier … Continue reading

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April 19, 1861

St Louis, Missouri I have just been up to see Frank Blair.  He wanted me to undertake to raise a Regiment under the President’s call, in spite of Governor Jackson’s refusal.  I told him in substance that when in Washington, … Continue reading

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