Saturday, August 13, 2011

August 15, 1861 (Thursday): Lincoln Answers Fremont

Old Courthouse Saint Louis (NPS)

                                                                        WAR DEPARTMENT,
                                                                                 Washington, August 15, 1861.

Major-General Fremont, Saint Louis:
   Been answering your messages ever since day before yesterday.  Do you receive the answers?  The war Department has notified all the governors you designated to forward all available force, and so telegraphed you.  Have you received these messages?  Answer immediately.

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 3, Page 443

In the aftermath of General Lyons’ defeat at Wilson’s Creek, Fremont declared martial law in Saint Louis and requested reinforcements. 

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