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Gen. Frémont's farewell address to the Western Department Army, Springfield, Missouri, November 2, 1861

John Charles Fremont, bust view, detail
Former Presidential candidate and Major General John Charles Frémont had been asked to resign after an eventful four months as commander of the Western Department of the Army and had done so the day before. After early defeat, the campaign in Missouri had begun to go well but allegations of poor management and, more importantly, controversy and stubbornness over his actions concerning the slaves of insurgents in Missouri brought an end to President Lincoln's patience. His farewell to his troops was simple but warm and cordial. (By John Osborne)