Category Archives: Elections

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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November 16, 1865: Reconstruction controversies

Thaddeus Stevens *************************** The Cape Girardeau Argus for November 16, 1865 shows its preferred Reconstruction policies in a couple of items reproduced from other papers. First, wondering why so many immigrants (and in Cape Girardeau County, these would mainly be … 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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November 4, 1862: The elections in New York

It appears that Benjamin Wood wrote a book called “Fort Lafayette, or Love and Secession.” The New York Times regards him as an opponent of the Lincoln administration. A quick look at his novel seems to support the idea — … Continue reading

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October 26, 1862: A vote for the Democrats is a vote for the rebels

Okay, I’m rushing things a bit, as these pics are for the 1864 election. Similar issues, though. The New York Times editor argues that the joy southerners show in Democratic successes in the North is argument enough to vote against … Continue reading

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November 8, 1860: Southern reaction to the election

The Richmond (VA) Daily Dispatch of November 8, 1860: The Presidential election. The returns received and published yesterday left little or no doubt of the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. Today we publish enough to make it certain. … Continue reading

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November 6, 1860: Election day

The New York Times editorial page stresses the importance of getting out the Republican vote in New York: It is universally conceded that the vote of New-York to-day decides the Presidential question. Every other Northern State is surrendered to LINCOLN. … Continue reading

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November 5, 1860: New York Republicans watch for fraud

Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune There was widespread fear of fraud in the upcoming election. I posted recently about fake ballots; Daily Observations of the Civil War reports a case of illegal registration; and the Blue-Gray Review … Continue reading

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November 3, 1860: Watch out for fake ballots!

John Slidell From the West Baton Rouge, LA Sugar Planter of November 3, 1860: Union Men! Examine Your Tickets!             We call upon the Union men TO WATCH THEIR TICKETS.–  See that no DECEPTION IS PRACTISED.  The Yanceyites will stop … Continue reading

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October 26, 1860: Election tickets available

Breckinridge Democratic Ticket An ad in the Baton Rouge, LA Daily Advocate of October 26, 1860: Election Tickets!             The Advocate will be able in a day or two to supply any number of tickets to the Democracy of this … Continue reading

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