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Panel 7 - Preparations for War

- Claiborne Fox Jackson, Missouri State Convention of 1861 -

In his 1860 campaign for Governor, Claiborne Fox Jackson presented himself as a moderate candidate on the issue of slavery. However, after he was elected, he became more openly pro-Southern. In the same year, Southern states began to secede from the Union, and the Missouri General Assembly called for a convention to decide what side Missouri would take. The convention met in St. Louis for eighteen days in February of 1861, and decided to remain in the Union. The delegates were keeping a watch on the neighboring states of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas, which were still in the Union, and resolved to meet again should these conditions change.

  • An image of Governor Jackson's inaugural address is featured on this panel. In this speech, Governor Jackson clearly stated that he believed Missouri's interests would best be served by allying with Southern states.
  • The "Act to Provide for the Calling of a State Convention," featured here, sets forth the conditions for the state convention of 1861.



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