This Week in the Civil War - #938
Despite solid Republican victories in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana and substantial Republican gains in traditionally strong Democratic states of the North in the mid-October 1864 elections, President Abraham Lincoln personally still doubted whether he would be re-elected in the upcoming, November presidential contest. On Thursday, October 13, 1864, the president projected the “Supposed Copperhead Vote” in November to be approximately 114 electoral votes, with the “Union Vote” garnering just an estimated 120 electoral votes. Lincoln believed that the only way he could increase the “Union Vote” would be to allow as many soldiers as possible to go home to cast their ballots. Given the president’s general popularity within armies of the North, the larger the turnout, the greater his chances of re-election as President of the United States.