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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

November 02, 1861

Fremont Relieved of Command in Missouri

In August, Georgia-born (but fighting for the Union) John C. Fremont had created a stir in Missouri when he issued a proclamation declaring martial law in St. Louis and freeing the slaves of Missouri Confederates. President Abraham Lincoln had rescinded the order on September 11, but still feared Fremont’s actions could help push Missouri into the Confederacy, so on this day President Lincoln relieved Fremont of his command in Missouri.