Category Archives: Pennsylvania

July 7, 1863: Fourth of July this year and last

From the New York Times, a celebration of the victory at Gettysburg and anticipation of good news from Vicksburg. THE FOURTH OF JULY 1863 AND 1862. The difference between the Fourth of July which has just passed and the one … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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February 14, 1861: Lincoln says majority should rule

Lincoln’s journey to Washington continues. In Steubenville, OH, he says that the majority should rule the country — which doesn’t seem controversial, but in the context of the various Southern efforts to get the Crittenden Compromise implemented, perhaps it needed … Continue reading

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October 12, 1860: Reaction to the Pennsylvania election

Pennsylvania election The October 12, 1860 New York Times editorializes about the reaction to the Republican victories, taking a skeptical stance toward secession: The Democracy, and especially the official portion of the Democracy, in Washington, were never before so thoroughly … Continue reading

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October 9, 1860: State elections bode well for Lincoln

Election Scene from Harper’s Weekly Early returns from the October 9, 1860 elections in the New York Times: THE ELECTION IN OHIO.; Enormous Gains of the Republican State Ticket. CLEVELAND, Tuesday, Oct. 9 — P.M. In the Thirteenth District, BRINKERHOFF, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Pennsylvania Election

Andrew Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania 1861-1867 Pennsylvania correspondent to the New York Times: The excitement here exceeds anything I have seen in years. Of course politicians are every where talking, calculating, bargaining, selling and being sold. The People’s Party retain … Continue reading

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John Sherman and “the Helper book”

John Sherman, representative from Ohio On September 14, 1860, John Sherman (William Tecumseh Sherman’s younger brother, by the way) gave a speech to a large Republican meeting in Philadelphia, which was interrupted by clashes with Bell supporters in the crowd. … Continue reading

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