The populist backlash may have been deflated by paying pensions to veterans, widows, orphan children of soldiers.
In the CSA don't really expect it to crop up until the 1890s. It's been stated in this thread that the 1891 Confederate Presidential Election may be the first populist one. I proposed that Benjamin Tillman be the one to fill that role.
Well, thanks to the tumor he would have still lost his left eye.If old 'Pitchfork Ben' had his life follow anything close to his OTL life then yeah I could see him being a hardcore populist. The man apparently rode around like an old school overseer taking a bullwhip to his sharecroppers!