All of this going on, Fremont's wife Jessie is daughter of powerful Democratic Senator from Missouri Thomas Hart Benton. Jessie leads an interesting but devoted life to her husband. Their marriage was much more partnership with both helping the other. She helped him publish his exploration books, plays large role in is Presidential run, and is beside him during the civil war but unfortunately stays out of his business decisions. She becomes a writer later in life and what she earns then supports them.
A truly interesting couple and a very good book. I will probably post it on PBS but right now keeping it--not sure I want to let go of it.