The Civil War in Missouri

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Hurrah for Blair!!! 

Graphite drawing by Eduard Robyn, ca. 1861
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In this sketch a crowd of rowdy men are yelling at Colonel Frank P. Blair Jr., who is not shown. Blair was a leader of the Republican Party in Missouri and one of Lincoln’s biggest supporters. The artist has made caricatures of all of the men, showing them drunk and boisterous, with exaggerated features. The armed, uniformed men are probably Home Guards, whose presence would have helped to maintain order. Years later the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described this illustration as having "caught the pitch of the excitement engendered in one of the meetings at which Lincoln's right-hand man in St. Louis, Francis Preston Blair, pleaded the cause of the Union."