Author Archives: Allen Gathman

August 9, 1866: Boon for sheriff

Okay, the new sheriff will exterminate the radicals — “by good reasoning”, though. A letter to the editor of the Cape Girardeau Argus, August 9, 1866. By the way, it doesn’t appear that Mr. Boon (or Boone) was successful — … Continue reading

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July 25-26, 1866: Nominating candidates for Congress, radical and otherwise

Governor Joseph W. McClurg of Missouri The New York Times for July 25, 1866 ran a very short squib about the Radicals holding a convention in Missouri, where Joseph W. McClurg was re-nominated. McClurg served three terms in House as … Continue reading

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July 19, 1866: Have to stop our enemies at the polls

Charles D. Drake of Missouri The Cape Girardeau Argus of July 19, 1866 is determined to vote out the Radicals in the upcoming election. The Canvass Has now fairly opened. What our enemies are doing – what evil machinations they … Continue reading

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July 12, 1866: I guess they don’t like the Radicals

The Cape Girardeau Argus seems to be having some trouble filling its column inches, to judge from the amount of bombast stuffed into this item. Shorter version: “The Conservatives held a convention in St. Louis on July 3 and 4, … Continue reading

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July 4, 1866: An Independence day for conciliation.

The New York Times editorial, July 4, 1866. The National Anniversary. Of all the nations of the earth, this alone has its birthday celebration. Of all peoples we alone can point to the day and hour when we became a … Continue reading

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June 28, 1866: Captain Magwire campaigns

The St. Charles Hotel, Cape Girardeau, MO The Cape Girardeau Argus of June 28, 1866 reports on a visit from a state Democratic noteworthy, Capt. George A. Magwire. I can’t find much about Magwire, other than some land dealings and … Continue reading

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June 21, 1866: The income tax

The Cape Girardeau Argus ran a short item explaining the still new income tax law. As the cartoon above from 1895 indicates, a later version of such a tax would be declared unconstitutional. The issue was finally resolved by the … Continue reading

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May 3, 1866: Montgomery Blair on Reconstruction

The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of May 3, 1866 ran a lengthy essay by Montgomery Blair denouncing the Civil Rights Act and the Freedmen’s Bureau as unconstitutional impositions on the powers of the southern states. His argument starts with a … Continue reading

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April 26, 1866: Welsh Indians in Arizona?

Madoc ******************* The Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus of April 26, 1866 printed this fanciful item on the front page. I can’t find any mention of “Moke” Indians anywhere else. A mis-hearing of Maricopa? In any case, as is typical for … Continue reading

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April 19, 1866: Popular support for veto?

Cape Girardeau Argus, April 19, 1866. I’m wondering just how the people were polled on their attitudes toward vetoes in the 18th and 19th centuries. I think probably in the editor’s imagination. The Richmond Examiner has the following piece of … Continue reading

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