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May 10, 2017 (Wednesday) – Ohio Politics During the War

Brian Schoen will present an in-depth look at the internal politics of the Buckeye State during the war. Among other things, he will explore the shifting political alliances that occurred as the war progressed and discuss the election results in 1860, 1863 and 1864 on a county-level basis that gives some insight into regional differences of opinion that existed at the time.  The 1863 gubernatorial election is particularly instructive and of local interest since it pitted Ohio Alumnus John Brough, of Washington County, against Peace Democrat Clement Vallandigham, who was a national leader of the Copperhead movement.  Bough was a War Democrat, who also had the Republican nomination and was running as a “fusion” candidate. Come prepared to be surprised at what you discover about these elections and the role played by Southeastern Ohio citizens.