Category Archives: Democrats

December 21, 1865: A little of this and that.

Woman on the ice at St. Louis, 1905 ******************** A variety of items from the Dec. 21, 1865 Cape Girardeau Weekly Argus. First, a note about the ice on the Mississippi breaking up at St. Louis. This may sound strange … Continue reading

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November 2, 1865: Blair and the Mass Convention

The Cape Girardeau Argus of November 2, 1865 reports on the convention held in St. Louis to marshal opposition to Missouri’s 1865 Constitution. The star of the show was Gen. Frank Blair, scion of a politically powerful Missouri family, and … Continue reading

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April 18, 1864: Dispute in Congress

Speaker of the House Alexander Colfax **************************************************88 The Richmond Daily Dispatch is pleased to see an acrimonious debate in the Union Congress. The House fails to expel a couple of Democratic members (Alexander Long of Ohio and Benjamin Harris of … Continue reading

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March 23, 1864: McClellan for president.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports without comment, but undoubtedly with some glee, on a rally nominating George McClellan for president in the upcoming election. McClellan meeting in New York. –A monster mass meeting was held in New York city on … Continue reading

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March 22, 1864: Popularity of the war

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduces with some satisfaction an article from the New York Daily News in opposition to the continuation of the war. A Voice from the North. “Popularity of the War”–a Seething Article from the New York Daily … Continue reading

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February 1, 1864: Lincoln the beast

The Richmond Daily Dispatch gleefully reprints an item from a northern opposition paper about the treatment of union soldiers whose service was over. All it would need to serve as a modern email meme would be the claim that they … Continue reading

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January 13, 1864: The opposition and slavery

Money quote from this New York Times editorial: “It is indeed astonishing that men in the North, who never saw a slave, and who have not a dollar’s worth of interest in the institution, are so much more concerned for … Continue reading

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May 25, 1863: Democratic proposal for reconstruction

The New York Times reports on the sort of Union the Democrats would have instituted. In this proposed constitutional amendment, if five “adjoining states” objected to any bill, it would require a 2/3 majority to pass; if 7 objected, 3/4, … Continue reading

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November 12, 1862: Democrats, get over it.

The New York Times editor gives a very cogent argument for the Emancipation Proclamation, and in particular for the view that the Democrats shouldn’t get all excited calling it abolitionism, because it’s purely a war measure. a) If the Republicans … Continue reading

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November 8, 1862: South celebrates Democratic congressional gains in the North

Democratic Governor Horatio Seymour of New York, elected 1862. The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduced an item from an unnamed Democratic northern paper about the mid-term election results. It was a bit over the top, though New York did actually go … Continue reading

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