The Civil War in Missouri

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Letter, Claiborne F. Jackson to George B. Hunt

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On the same day that Gamble became governor, Missouri’s exiled secessionist governor, Claiborne F. Jackson, was in Memphis, Tennessee, writing a letter to the Confederate Erin Guard’s company commander, George B. Hunt. Gamble urged Hunt to send his men to Missouri to help resist Union takeover. The notation at the bottom of the letter, “Governor in the saddle,” is a poke at Jackson spending so much of his time as governor on the run.