FRANCIS P. BLAIR, JR
A signature from the Major General dated for 1869
Signature: "Frank P. Blair/St Louis/Mo/July 26, 69", 5x2¾
card. Francis P. Blair, Jr. (1821-1875) played a key role in organizing loyal
militia in Missouri, thus playing a vital role in keeping that state in the
Union. Having raised seven regiments of volunteers, he was made a Brigadier
General in August and a Major General in November of that year. Blair's was no
mere paper commission. While continuing to occupy intermittently a seat in
Congress, he commanded an army division under General Grant at Vicksburg (1863)
and a corps under Sherman in the Georgia campaign of 1864-1865, winning the
praise of both of the Union's greatest generals. Meanwhile, however, Frank
Jr., the most hot-tempered of the always quarrelsome Blairs, complicated
President Lincoln's life by openly criticizing other members of the Cabinet,
especially Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. After Lincoln's assassination,
Blair, who had spent all of his personal fortune to support the war effort but
who favored a gradual approach to emancipation, and readmission of the southern
states under lenient conditions, rejoined the Democratic Party. In 1868, he
was the Democratic nominee for Vice President, running unsuccessfully with
Horatio Seymour against his former commander, Ulysses S. Grant. Blair is one
of two Missourians enshrined in the Hall of Statuary of the U.S. Capitol.
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