The Civil War in Missouri

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General John C. Frémont 

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Frémont’s tenure as commander of the Department of the West was beset with controversy and consequentially brief. He spent most of his time by making the defense of St. Louis a priority. Frémont initiated the building of a line of ten heavily fortified earthwork forts around the city and oversaw the construction of Benton Barracks, a Federal military facility just north of St. Louis City that held 30,000 Union troops from select regiments in nine states.