Lead: In the late spring of 1861, Missouri's fate hung in the balance. Would the state secede or remain loyal to the Union?

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Congressman Frank Blair faced a difficult task. Despite the fact that a majority of Missourians preferred to remain in the Union, Governor Claiborne Jackson, most of the Missouri legislature, and a substantial minority of the state's most powerful leaders had Southern sympathies and were working actively to pull the state out. Both sides assumed that the key to winning Missouri was the Federal Arsenal at St. Louis. There thousands of weapons and tons of ammunition were available to arm one side or another.


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