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1863 October 17: Election Results from Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania

October 19, 2013

From the October 17, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal:



The October elections have crowned the States with glory.  They have gladdened all patriots and proved that the great heart of the people is loyal and true.

The shams and subterfuges of the Copperheads have been swept away by the potential voice of the people ;  the air is purified from the pestilent fogs of Northern disloyalty, and the Stars Banner floats in the clear Heaven, radiant with hope and strength and promise.

In Ohio, Vallandigham [Clement L. Vallandigham] and his associates are buried beneath nearly 100,000 majority.

In Pennsylvania, Curtin [Andrew C. Curtin] is re elected by about 20,000 majority.

Indiana has gone largely Union, and in Iowa the Union State Ticket is triumphantly elected.

California, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Iowa have spoken in thunder tones their determination to sustain the Administration in prosecuting the war and vindicating the National honor, and preserving the Nation’s integrity.

Let Wisconsin follow their glorious example.

From the October 17, 1863, issue of The Polk County Press:

Ohio has elected Brough [John Brough] by a majority of over 100,000.

Pennsylvania is set down by Forney [probably John Weiss Forney] at 50,000 majority for Curtin.—A gain of over 20,000 for the Union Ticket.

Iowa has gone Union by a rousing majority, electing Stone [William M. Stone] Governor.

Indiana has gone Union by largely increased majorities.

Good news this, friends.  Let the Union men send to their brothers of the East greeting a rousing majority from Wisconsin for the Union, on the 3d of November next.



A few short months ago the country was startled by the arrest and trial of Vallandigham by Gen. BURNSIDE [Ambrose E. Burnside].  The so called Democracy, led by the Woods of New York, the Mahoneys of Iowa, the La Ducs of Minnesota, the Sat. Clarks, Pump Carpenters, and Brick Pomeroys [Marcus M. “Brick” Pomeroy] of Wisconsin, and the host of other prominent coppertops of the would be Democracy, set up a universal howl of “arbitrary arrests,” “Lincoln Tyrant,” “Military Despotism,” “Lincoln hirelings,” “Abolition Dogs,” “Unconstitutional Policy,” &c., to the end of the chapter of filth.  The “Democratic” Clubs were revived, the great and all absorbing question of “personal liberty” discussed, and the politician soreheads of the hour made their leap upon the new great wave of Public Opinion, which was to wash them into power and affluence.   Since then by tratorous [sic] speeches and writings, they have tried their best to divide the North—have cried “peace” and “niggers” and even resisted the law.  Every oar has been dipped into this seeming wave that would press upon the minds of the masses, and help to divide the people.  Now comes the result.  These pedagogues found their great wave to be but a bubble; and on the 13th day of October, A. D. 1863, it burst with a crash that awoke and brought twenty millions of people to the sense of their obligations to the government, and to the country, and caused the traitor hordes of the South to turn pale.  thus the great Vallandigham bubble has burst forever, and another great victory for Patriots is recorded.

“The People, ever loyal, still stand by their government.”


The COUNTRY Stands by the

The true Patriot sees more in the cheering results of the elections of Tuesday last, in Ohio, Indiana and Iowa, and the noble gains in Pennsylvania, than the mere partizan can or will.  The question with true men there, was not alone that of strengthning [sic] the hands of the Constitutionally elected President of the Union in all his efforts to break and kill forever the spirit of Secession and Disunion.  It was a contest in behalf of the men we have induced to take up arms for us, who are at home.—Young and middle aged men of the whole East, West, and North, full of a sleeping spirit of patriotism, that has never failed us, when required, since the days of Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Trenton and Valley Forge, and with all the love and admiration for the WHOLE of the Union that the writings and speeches of Washington, Jackson, Clay, Webster and Dickinson had educated them to, rallied to the call of their Country and have sacrificed life and blood like the heroes of old for the “Old Flag.”—Thinned ranks have again and again been renewned, as in the olden time, when the dark days of a seven years Revolution was upon us, and again in 1812, when England, then the strongest nation in the world, was thundering at our ports and driving the government from Washington.

The memory of the dead and the reputation of the living decedents of the battle-killed, as well as the feelings of the living soldiers, were all involved in the issues of this contest in those States.  The question in Ohio was—should a majority pronounce for or against a man who says this war is unholy and unjustifiable, and declares that in Congress, he has heartily voted against money and means to carry it on.  A verdict in favor of his sentiments would have disgraced the memory of every soldier fallen in that “unholy war.”—Such a verdict would have said to every iron-heroo [sic] now under arms, that he could come home in disgrace, and that the sympathies of the People of a great State were not with him or the cause for which he was battling.

An unmistakeable majority for Woodward and against the Government in Pennsylvania, would have been an AMEN to all the vile and villainous things uttered by him against his own part of the Union and in favor of the anarchists who are to-day pointing cannon and bayonet towards the Flag and the Capitol of the country, and upon our brothers who are in arms only to defend that Flag and their Government.

A majority in Indiana and Iowa for the raiders of the Union cause, would have been testimony of States that have thrived under the best Government on God’s earth in behalf of the efforts of Jeff Davis [Jefferson Davis], Wood,¹ Bright [Jesse D. Bright], and Mahoney [sic]² to break up that Government and destroy its prosperity at home and its strength abroad,—of the teachings and bitter epithets for the soldiers indulged in so freely on the stump and through newspapers by Dan Voohrees [sic]³ in Indiana and the lovely Mahoney [sic] of Dubuque.

Thank God for such States as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Iowa, and for the glorious never to be forgoten [sic] One Hundered Thousand majority in the Buckeye State against that double dyed traitor, Vallandigham.

1.  Benjamin Wood (1820-1900), brother of New York City Mayor Fernando Wood, was the editor and publisher of the New York Daily News (not the same as the current newspaper of that title). In 1861 the federal government effectively shut down the paper for being sympathetic with the enemy. Wood was able to re-open the paper 18 months later. While it was closed, he wrote the novel Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession. Wood was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congresses, serving 1861-1865 and 1881-1883, and to the New York State Senate in 1866 and 1867.
2.  Dennis Augustin Mahony (1821-1879) was a newspaper editor in Iowa and a highly partisan Northern Democrat of Copperhead sympathies. In 1849 he became editor of The Miner’s Express; and in 1852 he co-founded the Dubuque Herald, the first daily paper in Iowa. Mahony was also active in regional politics. During the Civil War he wrote articles that negatively criticized Abraham Lincoln and the conduct of the War. He was arrested in August of 1862 for publishing an editorial article that was allegedly disloyal to the government.
3.  Daniel W. Voorhees (1827-1897) was a lawyer from Indiana, who was also a leader of the Democratic party and an anti-war Copperhead, although not so radical as Clement Vallandigham and others. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1861-1866 and 1869-1873) and the U.S. Senate (1877-1897) from Indiana.

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