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Colonel Charles R. Jennison, Proclamation to the People of Eastern Missouri, November 26, 1861

Charles Ransford Jennison, photograph, detail
New York born physician and irregular soldier Charles Ransford Jennison was a notorious anti-slavery veteran of the vicious pre-war clashes in "Bleeding Kansas" who had been commissioned as commander of the Seventh Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Assigned to protect Union supply lines in eastern Missouri, he demonstrated in his proclamations to the inhabitants his ruthless streak with an explanation of why he was operating in their counties and then what would happen if one were taken in arms against the Union while he was in command. His satisfaction at being in such a position of power over Missouri counties home to many of his erstwhile "Border Ruffian" foes showed clearly in these documents. (By John Osborne)

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