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Republican Generals

Discussion in 'Civil War History - Secession and Politics' started by OldBrainsHalleck, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. novushomus

    novushomus Corporal

    May 23, 2016
    Also noteworthy is Brig. Gen. Adelbert Ames, who became the post-war governor of Mississippi. I'm not sure if he was a Republican or politically active during the war but afterwards he joined the Radical faction of the Republican party.

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  3. Lusty Murfax

    Lusty Murfax Corporal

    Feb 18, 2017
    Northwest Missouri
    When he arrived in St. Louis, Lyon was not assigned to guard the Arsenal or to replace Harney, but to command a company of regular troops. He was a mere Lt. in his previous posting and a Capt. after coming to St. Louis. He exceeded his orders and conspired with Blair to deploy his troops to 'protect' the Arsenal from an expected assault from the Missouri Militia. This action might have been reasonably anticipated by the Blair faction, but it never materialized. Additionally, Lyon and Blair used the recently armed German civilian "Turners" to surround Camp Jackson and capture the Missouri Militiamen. Those Germans were not authorized by anyone in authority to act in the name of the U.S. Gov't. or Military and there were no orders to arm them from the Arsenal. There were no orders from Harney, the Army or from Washington City to take any of the actions taken by Lyon and Blair. Events materialized quickly and actions conducted in haste were later justified, based on subsequent events the premature actions forced on the State of Missouri. Within a matter of weeks Lyon was promoted from an Lt. to a General and placed in charge of Union/Federal troops in Missouri. However, it was Lyon who declared War on Missouri and forced leadership from a stance of neutrality to one of rebellion. Your argument on ownership and intended use of the Arsenal is composed entirely of hindsight and does not consider 19th century attitudes on the matter.

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