Troubled State: Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick

Troubled State: Civil War Journals of Franklin Archibald Dick

by Gari Carter, F. A. Dick


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Troubled State is the private Civil War journals of Franklin Archibald Dick, a St. Louis attorney and brother-in-law of Union Major General Frank Blair, Jr., who was concerned about keeping Missouri pro-Union during the turbulent Civil War years. Franklin Dick's perspective of important historical events include the early Camp Jackson incident when he was Captain Nathaniel Lyon's assistant adjutant general, and when he served as Missouri's provost marshal general under Major General Samuel Curtis. After the war, Franklin Dick practiced law with Montgomery Blair, President Lincoln's postmaster general. Gari Carter's great-great-grandfather never intended for anyone to read the private worries in his journals. His views on the politics and daily life of the country, state, and leaders he knew, and his concerns about morality, were thoughts he usually kept to himself. Pressures from the war changed the entries from optimistic to sorrowful and doubtful about the future, and he asked, "In what does happiness consist?" Franklin Dick's record of American life during the Civil War gives us an irreplaceable new perspective on the impact of history in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931112741
Publisher: Truman State University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations     ix
Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     xix
Journal No. 1
1861     3
1862     43
The Missing Journals
April 1862 through September 1864     87
Journal No. 10
1864     137
1865     166
Epilogue: The Gift of Family Stories     213
Brief Biographies     221
Genealogy of the Dick Family     263
Bibliography     267
About the Author     271

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