The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War (The North's Civil War)

The Limits of Dissent: Clement L. Vallandigham and the Civil War (The North's Civil War)

Frank L. Klement

Language: English

Pages: 351

ISBN: 0823218902

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

During the American Civil War, Clement L. Vallandigham was a passionate critic of Abraham Lincoln's policies and he insisted that no circumstance, not even war, could deprive a citizen of his right to oppose governmental policy. This volume studies and reassesses Vallandigham's Civil War career.

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47Dayton Daily Empire, 3, 18 September 1863. Harold L. Naragon, "The Ohio Gubernatorial Campaign of 1863" (Master's thesis, Ohio State University, 1934) contains the statement (p. 42) that the campaign was "comparatively free from violence." Page 250 Vallandigham. Young women pulled each other's hair, tore dresses, or scratched faces. Once a rather plump young lady, wearing a Butternut emblem, was sitting on a log listening to a speaker praise Vallandigham and condemn Brough and Lincoln. A tall

William E. and Ophia D. Smith, Buckeye Titan (Cincinnati, 1953), p. 516. 23 Zachariah Chandler to his wife, 24 September 1864, Zachariah Chandler Papers, Library of Congress. 24 Howard K. Beale, ed., Diary of Gideon Welles: Secretary of the Navy under Lincoln and Johnson, 3 vols. (New York, 1960), 2:140. Page 291 the Shenandoah Valley,'' one jubilant Republican wrote, "more powerful and valuable to the Union cause than all the stumpers in the Republic can make-our prospects are everywhere

plantation and 150 slaves, and he seemed to feel no guilt in helping to keep human beings in bondage. Perhaps in time slavery would disappear; in the United States, geography and economics would stay its spread. Douglas simply refused to wrestle with the question of natural rights and the morality of slavery. Vallandigham, on the other hand, had put his views regarding slavery into print as early as 1850. He defined the institution as "a moral, social & political evil" and "deplored" its

shall watch for the first favorable chance," he added, "to move publicly for peaceand restoration [of the Union] if possible."14 Vallandigham's antiwar stand continued to draw a frontal attack by the Republican party press. Republican editors labeled him "traitor," "secessionist," and "champion of Jeff Davis.'' C.L.V., in turn, accused Republicans of conducting a smear campaign and wrote a rebuttal to impress his friends and defend his views. He claimed to be a constitutionalist and a

despite the fact that the fall elections in the upper midwest had apparently repudiated that policy. "The tenacity with which Mr. Lincoln holds on to his emancipation proclivities," wrote one conservative Democrat, "cannot fail, I think, to alarm the friends of the Union and of Constitutional liberty throughout our land."2 The conservatives' second concern was with some rather radical statements in the message. "The dogmas of the quiet past," the message stated in one place, "are inadequate to

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