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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 - 678

On Tuesday, October 13, 1863 Abraham Lincoln was pleased to learn that voters in the North had rejected the Peace Democrats and Northern Copperheads.  Especially satisfying for Lincoln was the defeat of Clement Vallandigham, the notorious Copperhead who ran for governor of Ohio, despite having campaigned by mail while in exile in Canada. 

John Brough, a War Democrat, who ran on the Republican ticket won election, beating Vallandigham who ran a strong race despite his exile and Copperhead ties.  In Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin, a staunch Unionist and supporter of Lincoln, was reelected. 

Union candidates also won in Indiana and Iowa.  After Gettysburg and Vicksburg, the Union electorate seemingly now understood how the war would end.  However, the questions of “how” and “when” that victory could be attained still remained unresolved.