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1863 November 7: Glorious Union (Party) Victory

November 8, 2013

The headlines read a bit like a battle victory!  The following recap of the November 3, 1863, election is from the November 7, 1863, Prescott Journal.

ELECTION RETURNS ! !

GLORIOUS UNION VICTORY

PIERCE CO. 300 UNION.

ST. CROIX CO. 100 UNION.

POLK CO. 115 UNION.

Wisconsin largely Union.

MINNESOTA, NEW YORK and
MASSACHUSETTS LARGE
UNION MAJORITIES.

 PIERCE COUNTY.

In Pierce County the Union majority on the State and Legislative ticket is about 300—larger than the most sanguine hoped for.  We have not the full vote, but give the following list of majorities, which is very nearly correct.

Prescott, 50 Union Majority
Clifton, 50
River Falls, 100  ”
Oak Grove, 25  ”
Trimbelle, 50  ”
P Valley, 35  ”
Union, 14  ”
Salem, 4  ”
Perry, 3  ”
Jabel 10  ”
Martel 60 Dem. majority
El Paso, 25  ”

Diamond Bluff is about a tie on the State ticket.  Trenton and Hartland will not be far from even.

John Winn is elected Clerk of the Board by a small majority.  The entire democratic party, aided by strong sectional feeling, and all the influence of Mr. Morton and his friends, could not wipe out John Winn.  He has been in the “Iron Brigade” too long to be whipped in a skirmish like this.

The vote on Mr. Thayer and Mr Hatch for Co. Supt. is very close, and nothing but the official canvass will determine which has a majority on the home vote.  In any event, the army vote will elect Mr. Thayer.  It is beginning to be pretty well understood that

— “That man is damned, who dreads the soldiers’ vote.”

ST. CROIX COUNTY.

The Union majority in St. Croix county, on the State and Legislative ticket, is about 100.  All the county officers on the Union ticket are elected.

POLK COUNTY.

Polk county gives the Union State ticket 114 majority, and elects the entire Union county ticket.  Judge Barron [Henry D. Barron] has 83 majority for the Assembly.  His election is certain.

WISCONSIN.

The returns from the State are too meagre¹ to estimate the result closely, though the Union ticket will probably have from 6,000 to 8,000 majority.  We give a few of the meagre returns received :

Dane County—Madison City—Palmer [Henry L. Palmer], 138 maj ;  gain on last year, 243.

La Crosse County—City of La Crosse, Lewis, 34 maj ;  Burton, Union Assemblyman, 39 maj ;  Benton, Democratic Treasurer, 64 maj.

Milwaukee City is 1,600 for Palmer ;  a loss of 2,200 from last year.  Three Union Assemblymen are elected—Hubbell, Caswell and Zimmerman—all gain.

MINNESOTA.

In Minnesota the entire Union State ticket is triumphantly elected.

St. Paul     gave 250 Union Majority
Hastings, 115 do do
Reed’s Landing, 35 do do
Wabashaw, 100 do do
St. Anthony, 19 do do
Lake City, 125 do do
Red Wing, 138 do do
Stillwater, 106 do do
Winona, 90 do do

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1.  An old-fashioned way of spelling “meager.”

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