Tag Archives: 1864 Election

“It seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected”

Most of us are familiar with the pessimistic “blind memo” Abraham Lincoln wrote on August 23, 1864, predicting his own defeat in the forthcoming election. I was searching online through the Library of Congress archives today and happened to come … Continue reading

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Battle Born: Nevada’s Rapid Rise to Statehood

ECW welcomes back guest author Katy Berman In mid-October, 1864, a telegram containing 16,543 words arrived at the War Department in Washington D.C.[1] It was Nevada’s new state constitution, and President Abraham Lincoln was glad to have it. With it, … Continue reading

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An Eagle Cake on the Fourth of July

John S. Mosby It has been a few years since I posted the story below but it still resonates every year with me because of the incredible feat the women of Point of Rocks, Maryland, accomplished: creating a 25 foot … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 1864 Election

Among the many rich rhetorical legacies US presidents have left to future generations, the Gettysburg Address dwarfs them all. Lincoln took scarcely more than two minutes to deliver a worthy tribute to fallen Federal soldiers and paint an inspirational vision … Continue reading

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“This Momentous Day”: Presidential Elections & Process in 19th Century New York City

These last few weeks I’ve been reading George Templeton Strong’s diaries. The New York lawyer recorded a variety of topics in his extensive volumes; election days and politics often made the pages. Instead of getting into the details of each … Continue reading

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Corresponding About The 1864 Election

In 1864, Mary Emma Randolph and Walter G. Dunn corresponded about the 1864 election. Walter, a private in the 11th New Jersey but serving in the Invalid Corps during 1864, voted for Lincoln and generally supported the Republican Party. His … Continue reading

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Did Frederick Douglass Influence “The Blind Memorandum”?

The timing. The national circumstances. The reports of what two great men discussed. It raises the question: did Frederick Douglass influence Abraham Lincoln’ decision to draft the document referred to as “The Blind Memorandum”? On August 23, 1864 – one … Continue reading

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Of Dentists & Elections

I’ve been reading 1864 entries from Benjamin Brown French’s journal this summer as part of my tangent study for perspective on how folks in the north  responded to the impending presidential election. French offers quite a contrast of subjects in … Continue reading

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The Patriotism of the 170th…

I’ve always been fascinated with the Ohio National Guard “100 Days” men who were called into service in the spring of 1864 to guard the forts, bridges, blockhouses and railroads, thereby freeing up veteran regiments for the summer campaign. The … Continue reading

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“Moulded in the form of a spread eagle”: Mosby’s Rangers, the Fourth of July, and a Dispute Over Cake

Independence Day in 1864 seemed like it could have been the last such celebration for the United States. The Presidential Election of 1864 loomed four months in the future, and a Lincoln reelection seemed very much in doubt. Jubal Early’s … Continue reading

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