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Lincoln and the Copperheads…

Lincoln and the Copperheads

NY Times Disunion ^ | January 28, 2013 | JENNIFER L. WEBER

Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2013 8:07:52 AM by iowamark

Michael O'Laughlen after his arrest for conspi...

Michael O’Laughlen after his arrest for conspiracy in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In January 1863, Abraham Lincoln made a remarkable confession. He was, he told a senator, more worried about “the fire in the rear” than he was about the Confederates to his front…

Disgusted Republicans termed them “Copperheads,” after the poisonous snake…

By January 1863, their assaults on Lincoln, combined with the poor performance of the armies, were taking a toll on civilian morale. Midwesterners spoke openly about seceding and establishing another new country or aligning with the Confederate States of America.

Lincoln’s critics were harsh, uncompromising and relentless. They said Lincoln was a tyrant, bent on amassing power and ruining democracy. They demanded an immediate end to hostilities, believing contrary to all available evidence that the Southern states would return to the Union if only Lincoln would stop the shooting. They wanted to keep slavery…

As Lincoln worried about the state of the home front, an important shift was taking place among soldiers. They were distressed about the 1862 elections, where Peace Democrats had performed quite well, gaining seats in the House, several state legislatures and the governorships of New York and New Jersey. The men thought Copperheads did not believe in their cause, honor their suffering or respect the sacrifice of their fallen friends.

As a result, soldiers, even many Democrats, were increasingly aligning themselves with Lincoln. Along the way they became more open to emancipation, and by April 1863 most embraced Lincoln’s proclamation. The Copperheads, with their mystical thinking, never realized this, and they and the Democrats generally would pay a heavy political price for their misreading of the political landscape.

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IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF...

IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, MENTALLY ILL? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

 

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  1. upaces88
    February 5, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I have probably watched this 50 Times and Tears still well up in my eyes.
    I think now at this time in Our History, more and more people are understanding why the South Stood UP Against the Northern Aggression.

    We now have “The Yankees” Joining Our Beliefs and not teasing we Southerners so much now days.

  2. February 5, 2013 at 1:43 AM
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