A fresh look at the 1864 Soldiers' vote


First Sergeant
May 27, 2018
Corona, California
Personally compared to 1864, 1862 was where soliders could not vote in anyway and the civilian populace did the Republicans had some losses while the Democrats (both the War Unionist and Peace Copperhead branches) gained seats in the House of Representatives and Senate winning in key places such as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois whether it be the governorships and/or the legislatures since a considerable amount of the populace was Democrat and partly due to Antietam/Perryville as well as a few other battles the Republicans could hold on though given that the Democrats made gains it was proof the populace wasn't too pleased with how the war was going.

Now in 1864 with the war into its twilight stage now Union soldiers could influence the election and there were definitely doubts amongst the public and high-ranking officials (including Abraham Lincoln) that the National Union Party (the Republican Party name for 1864) would ever win given that the progress of the war appeared to stall and while there weren't any further losses like in 1862 nevertheless it did not mean morale was any more optimistic and was gloomy instead because of General Ulysses S. Grant's campaigns in the East against Robert E. Lee that caused a ton of deaths, the failure of the Red River Campaign, and Atlanta, Richmond, Mobile, and Petersburg still under Confederate control not until August and September of 1864 did that all change.

The biggest difference between the 1862 and 1864 elections is that the former was in the early stages of the war and had there been more of a Democratic (primarily Copperhead) victory had things not awry in Maryland for Lee if he had not lost a particular order it would have likely meant the Republican Party would be losing control and a possible peace whereas a 1864 win by George B. McClellan doesn't mean a peace because while he did run on a platform by the Democratic Party he did not necessarily endorse all of it and even if he had won it's uncertain whether he would seek peace in the sense the Confederacy is left intact or continue the war as Lincoln did.

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!

Lost Cause

2nd Lieutenant
Sep 19, 2014
The following is a C-Span interview of Mr. White:

One of the more interesting aspects of the interview was how many known Republican soldiers, were given furloughs to go home and vote vs. democrats who often remained in the field.

On a side note, Gen. John A Logan, a traditional democrat who later turned republican, was granted a furlough to campaign after the fall of Atlanta by Stanton, to the dismay of Sherman.
He returned to Illinois where he claimed allegiance to Lincoln during the campaign.

Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!