Jeff Davis and help for Missouri
- If I can get to it, will post Brooksher's account of Lyon vs Jackson
In the meantime, I found the bit on Davis I had mentioned in an
Pages 95 and 96, BLOODY HILL:
"[approx. June 1861] [The two Missouri representatives] decided they would
again beseech Davis for Confederate support. Together, they ... laid
before him all the reasons why the Confederacy shuld move with
alacrity to Missouri's assistance. Davis listened to their appeal, and
then, in a grim voice, reminded them that Jackson, at the ill-fated
St. Louis meeting with Lyon, had offered to drive the Confederate
troops out of the state if they crossed the border. [Jackson was
attempting to mollify Lyon with a stance on 'armed neutrality, a ruse
in my opinion]. To [Davis], that amounted to at least disloyalty, which
offended this man who prized loyalty above all else. Furthermore, he
reminded the supplicants, at the very time the Missouri governor was
doing this, he was asking for support. In short, the Confederate
president was ... accusing their governor of dishonesty, disloyalty,
and duplicity. Both men hurriedly and earnestly assured him that all
such activity had ceased. Jackson and Price were now fully committed
to the Confederacy and were no longer [seeking] an accommodation with
Union officials. Despite their protestations, Davis remained unmoved.
He refused them the desired support."
Amazing stupidity, if you ask me.