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PRO-CONFEDERATE MISSOURI GOVERNOR ARMS HIS MILITIA An excessively rare and historic piece of legislation from the short-lived pro- Confederate Missouri legislature, 1p. folio, [Jefferson City] , May 11, 1861, headed; "An Act in Relation to the Volunteer Militia of Missouri". Approved on May 9, 1861, this act provided that:"...the Governor of the State is hereby authorized and empowered to continue in the active service of the Confederate States all, or such of the volunteer companies that he has heretofore ordered into encampment, for such time as he may think necessary...". Signed by Secretary of State R. B. MASSEY at bottom, with blind-embossed state seal. This hand-written act is an official copy created for the reference and use of the Confederate legislature. The timing of this resolution could not be more dramatic. Working in secret with the state militia commander Gen. Daniel Marsh Frost, the Governor had gathered thousands of pro-Confederate forces from throughout the state in order to seize the arms kept at the St. Louis arsenal. Some estimates placed as many as sixty thousand stands of arms being kept at the arsenal, enough to easily equip a sizable Confederate army. The administration had received considerable clandestine support from the Confederate government, including the delivery of several cannons, and were ready to make their move. However, on May 10, just one day after this proclamation was written, Union forces under Union Gen. Nathaniel Lyon surrounded the Confederate camp and demanded their surrender. Due to their having failed to procure the arms at St. Louis, the resistance of the Southern sympathizers was rendered moot, and by his quick action many historians credit Lyon with playing a key role in keeping Missouri in the Union.
Estimate $ 500-700

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