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    John Fremont.  John Fremont was a famous explorer in the pre-war United States.  As a general, he was politically reckless, strategically incompetent, and corrupt.  Before being demoted, he had announced martial law in Missouri and freed the state's slaves.  Lincoln repealed the decree but likely would have been tolerant of Fremont's excesses if he proved himself to be an able fighter, which he failed to do.  Having gotten word that Lincoln's final order was on its way to his headquarters, Fremont implemented strict security measures in order to prevent the message from getting inside his lines.  The courier had to disguise himself as a farmer to reach Fremont's tent. 

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    John Fremont.  John Fremont was a famous explorer in the pre-war United States.  As a general, he was politically reckless, strategically incompetent, and corrupt.  Before being demoted, he had announced martial law in Missouri and freed the state's slaves.  Lincoln repealed the decree but likely would have been tolerant of Fremont's excesses if he proved himself to be an able fighter, which he failed to do.  Having gotten word that Lincoln's final order was on its way to his headquarters, Fremont implemented strict security measures in order to prevent the message from getting inside his lines.  The courier had to disguise himself as a farmer to reach Fremont's tent. 

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