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1863 September 5: Wisconsin Political Conventions

September 7, 2013

Much of the news in both The Prescott Journal and The Polk County Press of September 5, 1863, is about Wisconsin political conventions.

Union Conventions

From The Polk County Press:

Rep. UNION Senatorial CONVENTION.

A convention for the senatorial District comprising the counties of Pierce, Douglas, La Pointe, and Ashland, will be held at Hudson, on Thursday October 1st, 1863, to nominate a candidate for State Senator, to be supported at the ensuing general election. All who are in favor of the following propositions are invited to act together:

That the union be preserved in its integrity:

That the Constitution and Laws of the United States be enforced throughout the whole national domain;

That the rebellion is suppressed, not by compromises with or concessions to traitors, but by the sword whose agency they have themselves invoked;

That the national Administration should be heartily and generously supported in its efforts to put down the rebellion;

The several counties will be entitled to the following number of votes in conventions; the apportionment being the same as two years ago, and based upon the total vote of each county: Pierce Co., 6; Saint Croix, 7; Polk, 3; Douglas, 2; La Pointe, 2; Ashland, 2.

           BY ORDER OF COMMITTEE.
August 12th, 1863.

Union Assembly Convention,

A convention for the Assembly District comprising the original counties of Ashland, Douglas, La Pointe and Polk, will be held at the united States Register’s Office at Bayfield, on Tuesday, September 22ne, 1863, at twelve o’clock at noon. for the purpose of nominating a candidate for Assemblyman for said District and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the convention.

Counties will be entitled to delegates in said Convention, as follows, the basis of said representation being one delegate for each 50 or fractional 50 voters as appears from the official returns of the last State election:

Ashland two; Douglas two; La Pointe 2; Polk six.

          WM. S. HUNGERFORD,
Chairman Union Assembly convention.

Union County Convention

A Union county convention to be composed of three Delegates from each town in the County of Polk, will be held at the Court House, in the village of Osceola, on Monday the 28th day of September, 1863, at one o’clock in the afternoon, for the purpose of nomination candidates for County Officers, to be supported by the electors of the county of Polk. at the ensuing election.

All who are in favor of the following propositions are invited to participate in the election of delegates to said Convention:

1. That the Union be preserved in its integrity.

2. That the Constitution and Laws of the United states be enforced throughout the whole national domain.

3. That the rebellion is to be suppressed not by compromises with or concessions to imitators, but by the sword whose agency they have themselves invoked.

4. That the national Administration should be heartily and generously supported in its efforts to put down the rebellion.

Dated Sept. 5th, 1863.

          SAM. S. FIFIELD, Jr.,
Chairman Union County Committee.

Democratic Conventions

From The Prescott Journal:

 Finger002 The Democratic Senatorial and Assembly Conventions for this District are called to meet at Hudson, Oct. 3d.

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The Wisconsin “Democratic” Convention disgraced the State Capitol by meeting there on the 5th instant.

It damned the Administration and pitied the rebels in large measure, but had no eulogy for triumphs, no money for our armies, and no curses for anybody or thing but Republicans.

The Convention should have met in Richmond where its doctrines would have been welcome, and not in a free and loyal State.  It should have had more manliness and grace, if it had not fallen from grace altogether, than to stab the gallant soldiers of Wisconsin in the back while they are foot to foot with an open foe in the front.  What will the brave regiments of Wisconsin think, in far camps and fields, when they read the record of that Convention, but that rebels have taken their beautiful capitol at home!  What will they ask, except the privilege to return and drive them beyond the border! — Chicago Journal.

The following article will also appear in The Polk County Press, in their September 19, 1863, issue.

Gen. Starkweather’s Opinion of the Democratic Ticket.

HE IS OPPOSED TO ALL SUCH MEN.

HEADQUARTERS 1st Div. 14th A. C., }
Camp Dawson, Ala, Aug. 24, ’36 [sic: ’63] }

WM. E. CRAMMER.—Dear Sir,—I see, from the Morning News, that information has been received that I, with other Democrats in the Army, have expressed my cordial approbation of the State Democratic nominations, as being among the strongest ever made, &c.  Now, so far as I am concerned, I have made use of no such expression, but on the contrary, since reading the resolutions and Address adopted when such nominations were made, and the acceptance thereof by the nominees as their principles, I have unhesitatingly stated that, although a Democrat, having voted with and supported the party to the best and utmost of my ability, I could not endorse the platform, and consequently could not support the ticket in nomination—THAT IN MY JUDGEMENT THE RESOLUTIONS AND ADDRESSES WERE OPPOSED TO THE UNION AND THE GOVERNMENT.  AND, IN FACT, TO EVERYTHING THAT I AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN RISKING OUR LIVES TO SUSTAIN AND THAT THEREFORE THE TICKET WAS A WEAK ONE.

I am a Democrat, always have been, and always expect to be, and as such am above all things, and for using all the means possible to accomplish such and—consequently I am opposed to all men and all parties who are antagonistic to this doctrine.

Yours respectfully,
JOHN C. STARKWEATHER.

From The Polk County Press:

— The “loyal democrats” as they style themselves, have issued a call for a Mass State Convention, composed of all democrats who oppose the present democratic ticket to meet in Janesville, on the 15th of September, inst.

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