Gari Carter's great-great-grandfather never intended for anyone to read the private worries in his journals. His views on the politics and daily life of the country, state, and leaders he knew, and his concerns about morality, were thoughts he usually kept to himself. Pressures from the war changed the entries from optimistic to sorrowful and doubtful about the future, and he asked, “In what does happiness consist?” Franklin Dick's record of American life during the Civil War gives us an irreplaceable new perspective on the impact of history in our lives.
Buried for years in family files, this important firsthand Civil War account of Franklin Dick's experiences as Union assistant adjutant general and Missouri provost marshal general gives a new view of politics, power, and divided loyalties in the state of Missouri. It is filled with the intrigue and emotion of major Civil War figures Nathaniel Lyon, Frank Blair, John C. Frémont, and Abraham Lincoln. Troubled State is a new resource for library collections, historians, and Civil War buffs.