16. Leonard Swett to Lincoln on reaction in Missouri to Gen. John Fremont's removal from command

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16. Leonard Swett to Lincoln on reaction in Missouri to Gen. John Fremont's removal from command


Fremont, John Charles, 1813-1894; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Friends and associates


Letter from Leonard Swett to Abraham Lincoln dismissing reports of significant opposition in Springfield, Missouri in response to the president's removal of John C. Fremont as Commander of the Department of the West. Fremont, a former western explorer ("the Pathfinder of the West") and Republican presidential candidate, was popular with his troops in Missouri, a pivotal neutral state during the Civil War. In July 1861 Confederate forces had won a victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek near Springfield and posed a continuing threat in the area. Swett, a resident of Bloomington, Illinois, was a lawyer and longtime Lincoln political associate. November 8, 1861. Copy




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Nov 8 1861 To the President of the United States Washington Place no faith in reports of a mutinous spirit in the army at Springfield in consequence of the removal of General Fremont. There is no material dissatisfaction and no prospect of a battle. Scouts returned to camp on Monday night from thirty to forty miles & report no enemy. This city quiet. The subject is very little discussed and all parties acquiesce in the action of the government. Leonard Swett Indorsed S R C