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The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War (The North's Civil War)

The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War (The North's Civil War)

Frank L. Klement

Language: English

Pages: 351

ISBN: 0823218902

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During the American Civil War, Clement L. Vallandigham was a passionate critic of Abraham Lincoln's policies and he insisted that no circumstance, not even war, could deprive a citizen of his right to oppose governmental policy. This volume studies and reassesses Vallandigham's Civil War career.

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that a Democratic-controlled Congress might find an excuse to deny Campbell his seat. There seemed to be a valid case, for quite a number of "colored citizens" had cast Republican votes despite the fact that Ohio law expressly denied them the ballot. "The nigger has crawled out of the wood pile," wrote the editor of the Dayton Empire, "and slipped into a place where, under the Constitution, he has no business. We insist that this colored business shall be fully investigated."25 "We rather

scattered here and there. Several other manuscript collections are important to the Vallandigham story. The Thomas O. Lowe Papers and the Daniel L. Medlar "Journal," kept from September 1, 1859 to April 30, 1862 (both in the Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library), make frequent references to Dayton's best-known citizen and are rich in detail about Dayton and "war fever." The George B. McClellan Papers (Library of Congress) are important for dealing with the presidential election of 1864,

necessary for election. Before the tally was officially announced, however, four Republicans changed their vote and announced they really favored John Sherman.21 Finally, on January 30, House Republicans realized that Sherman would never get the required majority and allowed him to withdraw his name. Two days later, after a backroom agreement, the Republicans joined forces with American party members to put William Pennington of New Jersey in the Speaker's chair.22 A Know-Nothing who had voted

Kirkwood, 7 April 1863, Samuel J. Kirkwood Papers, Iowa State Department of History and Archives, Des Moines. 26Ohio State Journal, 8 April 1863. Page 149 heroesbegan to talk again about "the law of reprisals." "For every dime of your property destroyed," wrote William T. Logan in the Empire, "destroy a dollar's worth in return." Democrats, he said, deserved to lose their rights if they stood by submissively while administration representatives took them away. "If we are cowards, unworthy the

Democrat, as their candidate. While Vallandigham's nomination had its basis in a grass-roots movement, Brough's was a shrewdly calculated and carefully planned affair.34 32Crisis, 13 June 1863; Cincinnati Daily Gazette, 13 June 1863. 33 Quoted in Daily Ohio Statesman (Columbus), 1 July 1863. 34 R. H. Stephenson to William Henry Smith, 16 August 1863, William Henry Smith Papers, Ohio Historical Society; A. Denny to John Sherman, 25 April 1863, and James J. James to Sherman, 18 June 1863, John

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