1863 November 14: The “Grand Union Pyramid” of the 1863 Elections
The following summary of the fall 1863 elections from around the country comes from the November 14, 1863, issue of The Polk County Press.
The fall elections in the Northern States are over and the results are now known to the public. The Union cause is everywhere triumphant, and the country will now turn its attention to fighting the rebellion, and we trust with the same glorious results, as have attended the people in their struggles at the ballot box.—The following is the grand Union pyramid for 1863 :
M I S S O U R I.
M A R Y L A N D.
M I N N E S O T A.
I L L I N O I S.
N E W Y O R K.
C A L I F O R N I A.
W E S T V I R G I N I A.
P E N N S Y L V A N I A.
M A S S A C H U S E T T S.
“The union of lakes—the union of lands—
The Union of State none c an sever—
The union of hearts—the union of hands—
And the Flag of our Union forever
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .And ever !
And the Flag of our Union forever !
V I C T O R Y.
ILLINOIS.—Specials to the Chicago Tribune claim that the majorities in Illinois will foot up an aggregate of 30,000 in the State.
NEW JERSEY.—The New Jersey Senate will stand fourteen Democrats to seven Unionists, —the House, 39 Democrats to twenty-nine Unionists, with one Member in doubt.
NEW YORK.—The New York Legislature will stand in the Senate, 21 Unionists to 11 Democrats, and in the Assembly 83 Unionists to 46 Democrats. The Union majority in the State will range from thirty to thirty five thousand.
MISSOURI.—Both conservatives and radicals claim to have carried this State. The last news from that quarter shows the conservatives to be some five thousand ahead, with the northern counties and soldiers’ vote to hear from, which will undoubtedly change the complexion of things materially.
PENNSYLVANIA.—It is ascertained officially that Governor Curtin’s [Andrew C. Curtin] majority will be about 15,000. The ballance [sic] of the Union ticket is from four to five thousand behind. The Legislature, however, is in a peculiar fix. The House is a tie. The Senate is by one majority Union; but that one Union Senator is Major White, now a prisoner in Richmond. Should he not be exchanged, we don’t see how either branch can organize; unless, indeed, some Copperhead, in either House, shall become convinced of the error of his ways, and repent, that his own soul and his State may be saved.
WISCONSIN.—Returns from our own State grow better and better every day. The Union State Ticket is elected by the house vote, by a majority ranging from fifteen to twenty thousand. The soldiers’ vote will increase the majority ten thousand.
IOWA.—On the home vote Colonel Stone [William M. Stone], the Union candidate, receives a majority of 17,000, over General Tuttle¹ the Democratic nominee. The soldiers’ vote so far as returned, amounts to 14.572, of which Stone received 12,248, and Tuttle 2,324. According to this, and the soldiers’ vote yet to come in, the Union majority in Iowa will reach 36,000; which makes an interesting commentary on the scheme of Mahoneyizing² the Democracy of that State.
1. James Madison Tuttle (1823-1892) raised a company of volunteers when the Civil War broke out; it became part of the 2nd Iowa Infantry, the first 3-year regiment organized in Iowa. Tuttle became the regiment’s lieutenant colonel in May 1861 and in September 1861 General Ulysses S. Grant promoted him to colonel of the 2nd Iowa. He led the first Union troops that entered Fort Donelson in February 1862, paving the way for the fort’s subsequent surrender to General Grant. At the Battle of Shiloh in April of that year Tuttle commanded a brigade and temporarily assumed command of the division when W.H.L. Wallace was mortally wounded. He led the 2nd Division troops in fighting around the “Hornet’s Nest.” In recognition for his gallantry in action at Fort Donelson and Shiloh, he was promoted to brigadier general in June 1862. In 1863, Tuttle participatee in the Vicksburg Campaign and the capture of Jackson, Mississippi, where he again distinguished himself in action. He parlayed his growing name recognition into a run for governor of Iowa as a Democrat. Republican William M. Stone was also a veteran of Shiloh
2. Dennis Augustin Mahony (1821-1879) was a newspaper editor in Iowa and a highly partisan Northern Democrat of Copperhead sympathies. Mahony was also active in regional politics.