According to Amazon, "A benefit to scholars and buffs alike, the journals of Franklin Dick offer readers a different perspective on the Civil War from the contested and bloody battleground that was Missouri. The diaries provide valuable insights on how Unionists reacted to the shifting fortunes of war in Missouri and in St. Louis in particular, and how the life of a St. Louis attorney-turned-provost-marshal changed for all time. The annotations are helpful without being obtrusive, allowing Dick's personality to come through."
"Buried for years in family files, this important firsthand Civil War account of Franklin Dick's experiences as Missouri assistant adjunct general and 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, Montgomery Blair, John C. Fremont, and Abraham Lincoln, Troubled State is a new resource for library collections, historians and Civil War buffs."