Monday, January 12, 2015

Civil War in Springfield, Mass., November 1864-- Part 1: The Presidential Election

From the Nov. 3, 2014, MassLive "Civil War 150th anniversary: Fighting in the streets of Springfield breaks out during the Lincoln vs. McClellan election of 1864" by Wayne Phaneuf.

Continuing with this very interesting series of monthly article.  I wish I had discovered it earlier during this sesquicentennial of the war and will be definitely catching up on it.

During the first of Nov. 1864, trains packed with soldiers streamed through Springfield Depot.  Most of the passengers on these trains in uniform weren't fighting.  They were coming home to cast their ballots for presidents.

I wonder for whom they would be voting?  Most likely for McClellan.  I have also heard that soldiers in the field were allowed to vote as well.  This would be something Democratic politicians would definitely want.

--Old Secesh

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