Tag Archives: Copperheads

hero as tour guide

Is there not a better future for these men also? The time will come when we shall at least cease to hate them. In the summer of 1865 a correspondent visited Gettysburg two years after the great battle. His very … Continue reading

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in black and white

red all over … but a lot less than Democrats claim. Democrat newspapers claimed the public debt would be $4 billion by the end of the war. A Republican publication calculated the debt as of September 30, 1864 as about … Continue reading

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heads game

From The New-York Times October 24, 1864: … MR. PENDLETON VISITS NEW YORK. Mr. PENDLETON, Democratic candidate for Vice-President, left Cincinnati incognito last Thursday, on a visit to the East. He was in Philadelphia yesterday, and to-morrow will reach New … Continue reading

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self-defense

About three weeks before the U.S. presidential election the October 22, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly (at Son of the South) took a swipe at the peace-loving Democrats: War, cold steel … don’t forget plundering the civilian population, as the … Continue reading

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supporting the people’s choice

A Republican-oriented newspaper reprinted a letter from a soldier at the front admonishing his son in New York City to avoid being a Copperhead. From The New-York Times September 18, 1864: … To the Editor of the New- York Times … Continue reading

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as Maine goes?

The New-York Times was elated that Maine’s Republican governor Samuel Cony was re-elected. Possibly the “first gun” in the campaign was Vermont’s election of Republicans for all three U.S. House Representatives on September 6th. The same link shows Maine electing … Continue reading

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“peace at any price”?

150 years ago New York State Peace Democrats held a meeting in Syracuse ahead of the National Democrat Convention in Chicago beginning on August 29th. Fernando Wood from New York City and Clement L. Vallandigham were featured speakers. The delegates … Continue reading

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mute on reconstruction

On June 7 and 8, 1864 the National Union (Republican) convention in Baltimore nominated a Abe Lincoln and Andy Johnson ticket. Among other things, its platform was strongly in favor of a vigorous prosecution of the war and strongly opposed … Continue reading

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pharisees

When I read that War is Disunion in a local Democrat editorial, I thought, wouldn’t a successful secession be disunion? Here a Republican-leaning editorial put the blame squarely south of Mason-Dixon, with a little helpo from northern doughfaces and copperheads … Continue reading

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peace is the word

Back in January New York Democrat Representative Fernando Wood gave a speech in the U.S. House of Representatives in which he advocated an immediate peace. He criticized both Republicans and Southerners for being in favor of dissolution. ” Those who … Continue reading

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