The Military Memoirs of General John Pope

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Chapter Two
An Unpleasant Page of History

It is my opinion that Missouri suffered more during the late war than any state in the Union except perhaps Virginia. It is also my opinion that the larger part of this suffering was unnecessary and was brought about by unwise and inconsiderate action, mainly on the part of the sympathizers with the South.

The political status of Missouri and its fixed connection with the Northern States did not depend at all upon the success or failure of the South in its attempt to set up another government. Whatever the outcome of the war might be, Missouri was, by its position and surroundings, firmly tied to the free states, whatever government or governments the war might evolve. It has always seemed to me singular that this condition was not recognized immediately by those most concerned. How was it possible for Missouri violently to disrupt its relations with the free states and for what purpose? The state, like a great peninsula, thrusts itself up between Illinois and Kansas and for

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