Category Archives: Northern Politics During War

Southern roadblock?

If delegations from the rebel states are re-admitted to the Congress without conditions, could they stifle the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment outlawing slavery? From The New-York Times July 9, 1865: Letter from Wendell Phillips. THE RESTORATION OF THE SOUTHERN … Continue reading

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last step in Connecticut?

From the May 29, 1865 issue of The Chicago Times. (at the Library of Congress): The legislature of Connecticut, now in session, has before it a proposition to amend the state constitution so as to give the right of voting … Continue reading

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quiet kanawha

It had been real quiet for the New York First Veteran Cavalry in the Kanawha Valley, but our SENECA correspondent was able to report the April surrender of a small rebel force at Lewisburg on Appomattox terms. The veterans in … Continue reading

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the right executive’s in the mansion

The Democrat Reveille found some kind words to write about Abraham Lincoln after his death. It seems that Southerners and Northern Democrats appreciated President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and the lenient terms of surrender offered Southern armies. Here a presumably … Continue reading

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Ballistic in Buffalo

From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1865: When J. Wilkes Booth played in Buffalo three years ago, he broke a plate glass window in the store of O.E. Sibley, where a lot of rebel trophies were exhibited. He … Continue reading

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“large personal profits”

April 1865 – surrender, assassination, joy, resignation, despair, mourning. And news of alleged corruption in the military bureaucracy. Four from Seneca County, New York newspapers in April 1865: REMOVAL OF MAJOR HADDOCK. – It is reported that Maj. Haddock has … Continue reading

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let’s be guided by his spirit

at least the spirit of President Lincoln’s second inaugural I’m pretty sure The Seneca Falls Reveille (in Seneca County, New York) was a strongly pro-Democrat newspaper during the Civil War. 150 years ago today it published an editorial on the … Continue reading

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vengeance

It was supposed to be a very good Good Friday, at least for the Union. In a celebratory ceremony 150 years ago today Robert Anderson raised the old Union flag from April 1861 over Fort Sumter, which was once again … Continue reading

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no rest for the winner

After the April 9th surrender of General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, President Lincoln sure wasn’t looking for any triumphal celebrations or even resting on his laurels. He told a crowd on April 10th he would deliver a speech the … Continue reading

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cold(-hearted) draft

Three clippings from Seneca County, New York newspapers in March 1865: The Terrors of the Draft. The hardships of the draft are being seriously felt in many parts of the State. – Families are broken up and in many cases … Continue reading

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