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"Every man in Missouri, whatever his politics, his religion, or his beverage . . . has reason to believe that a braver man than Frank Blair never set foot on Missouri soil or any other soil. No one hereabouts whose hope of eternal life was not well assured, would ever think of drawing a knife or pistol on Frank."—Anonymous Missourian to a reporter for the New York Sun

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"Known for his fearlessness in both the political arena and the battlefield, Frank Blair is a Missouri legend. As a member of one of the most prominent and powerful political families in America during the nineteenth century, possibly the equivalent of the twentieth-century Kennedys, Frank was steeped in politics at an early age. The youngest son of Francis Preston Blair, editor of Andrew Jackson's Washington Globe and adviser to Presidents Andrew Jackson through Andrew Johnson, Frank Blair was greatly influenced by his father, who had high political expectations of him."--BOOK JACKET. "Volatile and combative, Blair was either strongly admired or hated by the public figures of his day. He held adamantly to his opinions and fought hard for his political causes. He was an ardent supporter of Abraham Lincoln and championed the president's program in Congress and in Missouri against the frequent assaults of the Radicals. Credited with being the principal leader in saving Missouri for the Union in 1861, Blair later served with great distinction at Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and in the Sherman campaigns throughout Georgia and the Carolinas. He is one of only two Missourians ever honored by his state in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol."--BOOK JACKET. "Frank Blair: Lincoln's Conservative reveals the full extent of Blair's importance as a national political figure. Specialists in nineteenth-century America, students of Missouri history, and Civil War buffs will welcome this study, which will long stand as the definitive work on this influential and colorful character."--BOOK JACKET.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri; 1st edition (March 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826211569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826211569
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By O. Pflug on February 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Frank Blair was one of the more significant figures of the Civil War era, helping keep his home state of Missouri within the Union. Blair, who was a son and brother of equally famous politicians, served as a state politician, congressman, senator, and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1868. Blair also achieved a solid record as a political general during the Civil War serving in the Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Carolina Campaigns. Blair was one of the founders of the Republican party in Missouri, although he held conservative views and switched to the Democratic party after the conclusion of the war. Blair was virulent racist who opposed political rights for blacks. He died at a relatively young age, worn out by a stressful life and abuse of alcohol and tobacco.
Parrish is the leading historian of Civil War-era Missouri. His work focuses heavily on Blair's political life, but also provides details on his subject's family life. Due to the subjects' relative obscurity and the heavy concentration on politics, this work will appeal to Civil War specialists only.
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