Re: The most important campaign
- HankC writes:
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.
Hank, how was this figure of 154,00 arrived at. If they were
absentee ballots it would be easy to distinguish them as soldier
But I don't see how the soldier vote could be separated from the
total population when these votes were cast by the soldiers that
were able to return home to vote.
154,000 is a pretty definite number. Do you know if there is a
difinite number on how many absentee ballots were cast or is there a
number that we can put on how many soldiers returned home to vote?
I don't know, but have a certain suspicion that this number of
154,000 may be the number of absentee ballots cast.
And as was pointed out by an earlier poster, it would seem
reasonable to believe that the soldiers' choice would have great
sway among their family and friends back home. So, I'm inclined to
believe that even if many soldiers were unable to vote their stated
opinions would have a great influence.