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1863 October 31: “Vote in unison with our soldiers—the brave defenders of the Nation’s life”

November 3, 2013

The following is from the October 31, 1863, issue of The Prescott Journal.  The 1863 election was held on November 3.

THE UNION FOREVER.

ELECTION . . . . . . NOV. 3.

The noblest fact, the crowning act
Of Freedom, is a Freeman’s vote.

VOTE THE UNION STATE TICKET.

VOTE for the men who will stand by the Government, in its hours of darkness and danger, and bear aloft the Old Flag alike in sunshine and in storm.

VOTE in unison with our soldiers—the brave defenders of the Nation’s life.

VOTE to overwhelm Palmer [Henry L. Palmer] and his associates, who hoped to see the traitor Vallandigham [Clement L. Vallandigham] elected Governor of Ohio.

VOTE so as to swell the magnificent Union majorities which are striking terror to the rebel hosts.

VOTE FOR JAMES T. LEWIS,

The loyal democrat, the upright Judge, the pure statesman against whose spotles [sic] reputation the most malignant partizan slanderer has not dared to raise his voice.  He has often been weighed in the people’s balance and has never been found wanting.  When he is elected the right man will be in the right place.

VOTE FOR WYMAN SPOONER,

The grave and dignified senator, the accomplished stateman, the experienced parliamentarian, the wise counsellor and the able legislator.  There can be no duties of an official character that he cannot perform.

VOTE FOR GEN. LUCIUS FAIRCHILD,

Of the historical Iron Brigade.  The gallant soldier, the heroic officer who has received in his own person the wounds which traitors have aimed at Liberty herself.  He has been taunted by the cooperhead press with having but one arm—an arm which was generously thrown into the scale on that dreadful field of Gettysburg when the density of the Republic hung trembling in the balance ;  but he has arms enough left to make a firstrate Secretary of State, a worthy successor of the lamented Harvey [Louis P. Harvey] and Judge Lewis.  Let us show those taunting cowards that we have something more than insults for those who have become maimed for Liberty’s sake.

VOTE FOR S. D. HASTINGS,

Whose honestry [sic] is the subject of praise in every cottage and log cabin in the land, and whose integrity and honor is above suspicion or reproach.  He has few superiors as an officer and none as a gentleman.  His re-election is a million times more important to the people of this State than any mere party triumph, and the value to the people of his six years’ experience in the office for which he is now named, cannot be estimated by dollars and cents.

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