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00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - 590

With the North bracing in anticipation of Lee’s invasion, on Thursday, June 11, 1863 in Ohio Clement Vallandigham was nominated in absentia for governor by a 411-11 vote by a convention of Peace Democrats who also demanded that Lincoln allow Vallandigham to return to the United States from Canada.

After being expelled from the North, Vallandigham had arrived in the South only to be declared an enemy alien by Jefferson Davis and subsequently expelled from the Confederacy.  Vallandigham had been sent to Bermuda via a blockade runner and then had journeyed to Canada. 

With Lee hoping to invade the North and convince its electorate to abandon the war effort, Vallandigham’s nomination was yet another serious distraction which Lincoln and the North did not need in June of 1863.