Re: The most important campaign
- Of 4,175,000 votes cast, soldier's ballots totalled 154,000 (less
than 4%) of the total. Lincoln garnered 120,000 of the votes by the
boys in blue.
The idea of absentee balloting had never been raised before as it was
never an issue. Few people ventured or moved out of their home
district. In 1864 even the cabinet secretaries returned home to
--- In email@example.com, Chet Diestel <agatematt@...>
>in the tens of thousands of votes cast for Lincoln, but in their
> The soldier's vote was far from being negligible --- and not just
influence on the home folks as well.
> If Johnny with the gun, who was daily risking his life inbattle or from disease, was convinced that Lincon's goal of war until
victory and reunion was the way, who were they, safe intheir beds at
home, to argue and thus it would appear more than a few were
influenced as to how they would cast their ballots.
> Additionally, the thousands of three-year men --- those who hadfought from 1861 until mustered out in the spring and summer of 1864
rallied back to the colors that fall by re-enlisting in the big
numbered regiments to be in on the final campaign the following
spring --- can there be much doubt which way their votes went.
> In regards to the P.S., I can fine no irony in the soldier'svote for Lincoln and against the cut-and-run appeaser crowd. Soldiers
have the guts to go out and fight and they have the guts to see the
dirty job through. The support, not for a pro-war faction, but for
those who would allow the soldiers to achieve a victory so richly
deserved. Indeed, the irony would exist if they had voted any other
> Finally, Little Mac's popularity with the AOP that existed inthe late fall of 1864 is more myth than fact. Many of the regiments
which had cheered him in 1861 and 1862 were long gone and many of
those who filled the ranks in the era of his command also were gone --
- discharged, dead or prisoners. And even among those who remained
and voted Democrat there seemed more loyalty to the party than
devotion to the general --- or by then the memory of a general.
> With regards,negligible, and
> Bill Bruner <banbruner@...> wrote:
> I don't ever recall reading that the soldier vote was
> didn't think that it was, but I certainly can't contest thisstatement
> but I have read that 75% of the identifiable soldier vote wentfield,
> Lincoln, not withstanding McClelland's popularity with the AotP.
> Bill Bruner
> PS It seems to be a bit of irony that that the soldiers in the
> the ones suffering the consequences, always tend to vote againstthe
> anti war faction.travel
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> > --- In email@example.com, "hank9174" <clarkc@> wrote:
> > > The soldier vote was pretty negligible.
> > >
> > > That said, one must recall that most (all?) soldiers had to
> > > home in order to vote. Could they have done this after a defeatin
> > > the Atlanta campaign?
> > I may be wrong, but IIRC, the soldiers were able to vote from the
> > field. Anyone have any exact documentation on this.???
> > Wayne
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