|Lincoln-Frémont markers, Dixon|
The historical markers on the left commemorate the speech.
Twenty-four years earlier, Lincoln was briefly based in Dixon when he served as an army captain during the Black Hawk War.
|Lincoln statue, Dixon|
During the Civil War, Frémont was a major general for the union, but was relieved of command by Lincoln in 1861 because he feared his the freeing of slaves by Frémont in Missouri would drive the border state to secede. The following year, bickering with General John Pope, his commanding officer, ended his military career.
In 1864, Frémont was briefly a Radical Republican candidate for president. He ended his campaign after the resignation of Lincoln's postmaster general, Montgomery Blair. Had the explorer remained in the race, the split among Republicans might have delivered the presidency to General B. George McClellan and his peace Democrats.
Dixon of course is best known as Ronald Reagan's boyhood home, but history graced the northern Illinois town before the Gipper's time.
Related Frémont post:
|Black Hawk Trail,|
Four Corners Furtherance: A final look at Capitol Reef
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Abraham Lincoln birthplace site
Abraham Lincoln birthplace site's log cabin
Jonesboro, site of the third Lincoln-Douglas Debate
New Reagan statue in Dixon, Illinois
Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Dixon, a shining city upon a hill
Midwestern Presidential Pathway: Ronald Reagan's Dixon, Illinois
Ike, the military truck convoy, the Lincoln Highway, and Dixon, Illinois
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