The Civil War in Missouri

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Letter from M. Jeff Thompson, October 17, 1861

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This short note shows the bravado with which Thompson led his men: “I occupy this town with Two Thousand men—One hundred miles from support in the face of a strong force of the Enemy, and have them frightened out of their wits.”