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The Union Cause in St. Louis in 1861; An Historical Sketch

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 Excerpt: ...individually, each member being furnished with a pass for that purpose. The mustering officer employed himself all night and the following day iu distributing arms and ammunition to the men as they arrived, and in stationing them along the Arsenal walls. Thus the successful defense of the Arsenal was secured, though its garrison was neither mustered into service nor organized into Regiments nor even enrolled. The organization of Volunteers now began, the mustering officer superintending the election of officers, enrolling the men, and perfecting the organization, in conformity to the Militia laws of the State." No doubt many things had to be settled upon the spur of the moment, which entailed speedy and frequent changes. This was nowhere more evident than in the First Regiment. In the first Company, Gustave Finkelnburg, Wm. Andrae, John Winters, R. (iuii! i Rembauer were elected Sergeants. The Company could not-agree upon a Captain and they applied to Lyon. He had the Company fall in and made them a speech, nearly to this effect: Gentlemen, if you accept my advice it will be the last time I address you by that name. Many labor under the impression that a soldier in the army retains all his rights; there is no such thing as equality in the army; a Corporal is better than a Private, a Duty Sergeant is better than a Corporal, and the First Sergeant is the best enlisted man in the Company. I advise you to enlist (under officers he probably named) because only in that way can you render good service to your country. He said further that all (hose who wish to follow his advice should step to the front when he commands. "Forward, March!" Upon his command the whole Company stepped to th front. The three Turner Companies mustered into the service with... Hide synopsis

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