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1864 December 10: How Wisconsin’s Soldiers Voted

January 2, 2015

We are posting older items that we did not have room for earlier because our local newspapers did not put out an issue on December 31, 1864!  The following list of votes from the soldiers comes from the December 10, 1864, issue of The Prescott JournalJames D. Lewis and Henry L. Palmer ran for Wisconsin governor; Abraham Lincoln and George B. MClellan ran for U.S. president.

Wisconsin Military Vote—1863 and 1864

The following is the army vote of Wisconsin as returned last year, and this year as far as returned complete.  The vote of last year includes the votes rejected at the state canvass :

….… Lewis Palmer Lincoln McClellan
1st Infantry 70 0 (mustered out)
2 132 6 70 1
3 280 2 306 21
5 418 1 418 73
6 197 6 127 36
7 222 1 137 30
8 334 14 227 21
9 244 55 396 102
10 34 0 (mustered out)
11 255 3 317 82
12 210 12 420 70
13 411 17 418 45
14 209 0 193 62
15 41 0 184 1
16 194 1 338 129
17 63 189 106 252
18 13 0 103 33
19 145 42 30 53
20 99 1 386 48
21 155 2 311 86
22 433 10 371 10
23 115 3 298 20
24 151 14 130 55
25 275 0 369 7
26 —- —- 110 88
27 206 10 255 81
28 320 17 407 31
29 272 7 280 88
30 559 20 394 30
31 388 50 422 71
32 375 4 493 73
33 340 6 243 40
35 (new reg’t) —- —- 153 108
36 —- —- 88 49
37 —- —- 139 21
38 —- —- 279 75
42 —- —- 330 35
43 —- —- 440 96
44 —- —- 60 28
45 —- —- 52 10
1st Cavalry 213 4 43 1
2 315 5 468 27
3 126 105 240 88
4 230 2 411 32
1st Battery 53 0 46 0
2 25 8 16 61
3 60 0 52 0
4 7 17 52 34
5 64 0 65 0
6 69 5 75 0
7 104 0 114 3
8 41 0 70 27
9 56 0 —- —-
10 (not returned) 60 22
11 —- —- —- —-
12 50 15 —- —-
18 (now) —- 47 33
1st heavy ar’t 161 41 943 236
Sharpshooters 27 0 —- —-
Hussars 33 0 10 0
Prominent Guard, Camp Randall —- —- 93 14
_____ _____ _____ _____
9,175 693 12,627 2,738
2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Feiler permalink
    January 2, 2015 11:58 am

    17th Infantry was the only unit to vote against Lincoln for president. Any ideas why?

  2. January 20, 2015 8:15 pm

    Good question, Mike. They had a lot of drafted men in that regiment, who would blame Lincoln for being drafted. Don’t know if they really had a higher percentage of draftees; will need to do a little research to see if anyone has mentioned that.

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