Nominated Uncle Abe Lincoln by Acclamation~June 1864~7th to 9th

Nominated Uncle Abe Lincoln by Acclamation~ George Templeton Strong

The Baltimore convention nominates Lincoln for re-election. Around the world, life goes on. Authorities round up dogs in Richmond. The American Medical Association has its meeting in New York. Denmark holds an election. A steamboat disaster occurs on the Hudson River. Wheeling raises money for the Sanitary Commission. Elisha Hunt Rhodes is given command of his regiment. Southerners praise General Lee. Northerners pay attention to the enrollment of cadets at West Point.

Lincoln campaign literature

Lincoln campaign literature

June 7– Tuesday– Richmond, Virginia– “The city hands found employment, yesterday, under the direction of sundry police officers, in a foray on the canine race. No premonitory symptom having ‘let the cat out of the bag’ in reference to the intended raid, hundreds of unsuspecting dogs were pounced upon and made, yesterday evening, to pay with their lives a forfeited existence. They were not allowed to vegetate and ‘sleep the last sleep’ as of yore at ‘Horse Heaven,’near Howard’s Grove, but after death were carried out to the C. S. nitre beds. The Mayor’s big black dog, formerly in charge of Captain Alexander, is said to have been apprehended while away from the ‘Castle.’ We presume he was rescued from his unpleasant predicament.” ~ Richmond Enquirer.

June 7– Tuesday– Cold Harbor, Virginia– “General Wright commanding the 6th Corps says I shall have command of the Regiment and has directed me to reorganize it for future service.” ~ Diary of Elisha Hunt Rhodes.

June 7– Tuesday– Copenhagen, Denmark– Country wide elections are held for the Folketing [literally, “the people’s thing”– the parliament]. The National Liberal Party emerges as the largest faction, winning 40 of the 101 seats. The Society of the Friends of Peasants captures 39 seats. The remaining seats are evenly divided between two smaller political parties.

Danish parliament building

Danish parliament building

June 8– Wednesday– on the Hudson River, above Poughkeepsie, New York– The new river steamer the Berkshire catches fire and sinks. Of the 140 passengers on board, about 40 are killed. Of those, 19 bodies are recovered; other bodies are in the wreckage and will require salvage efforts to locate.

June 8– Wednesday– New York City– “The annual session of the American Medical Association was commenced yesterday, in Irving Hall. There were present a large number of prominent physicians from this and other States. The convention was called to order by Dr. Allen Marsh. Prayer was offered by Reverend Dr. De Witt, after which the report of the committee of arrangements was read by the chairman, Dr. Anderson. The report explained the objects of the Association, and referred to the recent establishment of St. Luke’s Hospital, on Fifth-avenue, and other similar institutions. On the conclusion of the reading the report was unanimously adopted. A very able address was delivered by Dr. Marsh, the out-going President. An election of officers took place in the afternoon. A report on the practical working of the United States Drug Law was read by Dr. E. R. Squibb, and a report on American Medical Necrology, by Dr. C. C. Cox.” ~ New York Times.

June 8– Wednesday– New York City– “The Baltimore Convention . . . nominated Uncle Abe Lincoln by Acclamation. Well and wisely done– me judice.” ~ Diary of George Templeton Strong.

June 8– Wednesday– Wheeling, West Virginia– “The patriotic citizens of Wheeling, determined not to be behind other cities in the great work of furnishing means for the benefit of the Sanitary and Christian Commissions, are making extensive preparations for holding a Fair to be opened on the 28th instant. Agents have been appointed in all the surrounding towns and villages, to whom all contributions should be made. . . . We can all do something. Who would not do everything in his power to alleviate the suffering of a wounded soldier on the field or in the hospital! Everything bestowed on this Fair goes directly to aid the sick and wounded. Let Marion county, some of whose wounded soldiers have been benefitted by the contribution of other States and counties, reciprocate the favor by swelling the common fund for the relief of all. We scarcely need appeal to our Union Ladies. Their fair hands are always ready and their patriotic hearts ever willing to labor for the relief of our suffering heroes. Anything in the way of useful and ornamental needlework, old relics, or anything curious or attractive will be thankfully received.” ~ Wheeling Daily Intelligencer.

June 8– Wednesday– Baltimore, Maryland–In its convention, the Republican Party, on the fourth ballot, nominates President Lincoln for president and Andrew Johnson of Tennessee for vice-president. The party’s platform calls for no compromise with the southern rebels, a constitutional amendment to abolish slavery, benefits for veterans, the “protection of the laws of war” for black pow’s, the encouragement of immigration, the building of a trans-continental railroad and opposition to “new footholds for monarchical governments, sustained by foreign military force in near proximity to the United States.”

campaign poster for Lincoln & Johnson

campaign poster for Lincoln & Johnson

June 8– Wednesday– Washington, D.C.– “The President was renominated to-day at Baltimore. . . . On the question of Vice-President there was greater diversity of opinion at the beginning, but ultimately and soon all united on Andrew Johnson. Personally I did not regret this result, although I took no part in its accomplishment. The delegates and papers of my State generally have disapproved of Hamlin’s course towards me, and I have no doubt it contributed to their casting a united vote at the start for Johnson. Hamlin and his friends will give me credit for influence which I do not possess, and ascribe to me revenge for malevolence I have never felt. Without cause and because I would not extend undue favor to one of his friends by official abuse, he has treated me coldly, discourteously, and with bad temper– so much so as to attract attention and inquiry, and lead to opposition to his renomination.” ~ Diary of Gideon Welles.

June 8– Wednesday– Charleston, South Carolina– “Devoutly thankful should the whole Confederate States be to that Providence which has watched over us in this great crisis, and under Him to that brave army, and that great General, who have turned our day of trial into one of joy. Especially ought we to hold the latter dear, for the skill which has continued to accomplish such a mighty enterprise with so little loss.” ~ Charleston Mercury.

General Robert E Lee

General Robert E Lee

June 8– Wednesday– Marietta, Georgia– “I have very little to write of military movements today as our brigade has been quietly at rest for two days and three nights in the position from which I last wrote you. . . . I do not think that the enemy will attack us here. In fact, the opinion is gaining ground among our troops that Sherman does not mean to fight at all, but that he will at once begin a retrograde movement. This is based on the belief that his communications will soon be interfered with by General Forrest. It is thought, too, that he will soon be called upon to furnish reinforcements to General Grant, who is being so handsomely used up by General Lee.” ~ Letter from a Confederate soldier to his wife.

June 8– Wednesday– London, England– Birth of Herbert William Garratt, mechanical engineer and inventor of the Garratt locomotive type. [Dies September 25, 1913.]

Garratt-type locomotive

Garratt-type locomotive

June 9– Thursday– New York City– “The importance of admitting cadets to the Military Academy [at West Point] only by open competitive examinations, is clearly proved by the history of the present graduating class. It entered with ninety-six members, and now numbers only twenty-seven. It is not usual for more than fifty per cent. to graduate. Favoritism and patronage have crowded many into the Academy who were utterly wanting in all aptitude for military studies or duties. With proper care in the selection of candidates, the percentage of graduates would be ninety. Competitive examination has long been the mode of admission in all the great military schools of Europe. . . . This year an unusual number of members of Congress have adopted this plan, and invited all candidates from their several districts to appear before a competent and impartial committee, and the result is the selection of young men of a higher order of talent and culture. . . . The examination of this class closed on Monday last. . . . The examination of the other classes continues through this week, with very attractive military drills every afternoon, consisting of squadron and troopers’ drills, target practice with light and heavy ordnance, flying artillery, mortar practice, use of howitzers, &c. The Board of Visitors consists of thirteen gentlemen, including one representative each from Oregon, Minnesota, Tennessee, Kentucky and Missouri.” ~ New York Times.

June 9– Thursday– New York City– “Baltimore Convention nominated Andy Johnson for Vice-President . . . . Unanimity of these nominations encouraging. But it disgusts the World newspaper, which condemns and denounces both Lincoln and Johnson as mere plebeians, utterly ungenteel and excessively low.” ~ Diary of George Templeton Strong.

soldiers rest when & where they can

soldiers rest when & where they can

June 9– Thursday– Staunton, Virginia– “I have an opportunity & write you by US mail. I am here at home and quite well except some of the Rheumatism still remaining in my bones. The Federal forces are here in force most of the officers are stopping at my house. I have had General Hunter & staff here most of the time all have behaved quite gentlemanly here & treated me exceedingly kind. Nothing has been interrupted here except some things of minor importance. I met with Colonel D H Strother whom I formerly knew. He has been quite kind to me. Owing to the stopping of the Rail Road trains here & the stage lines the business of the house will be quite limited, and I will close it up as soon as possible and will close up my matters and make some dispose of my property here in some way or soon as possible & return to my home to remain. I assure you that I am sorely tired of this life and am anxious for the change. My pecuniary interest here of course is too great for to pull up & leave it. I suppose what I have around here will bring some two Hundred Thousand dollars in Confederate money, one half of which is mine, being about 100,000.00 which is a fair little sum and should be looked after closely, at even the expense of privation . . . . I hope you are all well & getting along well. Keep the children at school but not too closely, allow them plenty of liberty. I hope soon to be at home and relieve you in these matters to some extent. Remember me kindly to all friends and tell them that I will soon be at home.” ~ Letter from John Quincy Nadenbousch to his wife Hester. [In actuality by this time the Confederate dollar has lost almost 7/8’s of its value.]

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