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From our archives: Lincoln has ‘done well’ – re-elect him

What we thought: 150 years ago

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865 A Gazette editor, on Dec. 26, 1863, in endorsing Lincoln for president in 1864, noted "an immense feeling in favor of the re-election of Mr. Lincoln."
Gen. Henry Halleck 1815-1872 Union soldiers killed, wounded, and missing during the pivotal Civil War year of 1863 totaled 92,770, Halleck reported.
Gen. George McClellan 1826-1885 McClellan, the Army of the Potomac commander, was fired by President Lincoln in 1862. McClellan then ran against Lincoln for president in 1864 but lost.

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Gazette on Dec. 26, 1863.

The next


It is rather early to begin president making for the next term; but that work is so far commenced as to indicate an immense feeling in favor of the re-election of Mr. Lincoln.

The following paragraph has been extensively copied without credit, and therefore adopted by all papers that have published it. We do the same:

The signs of the times indicate that Abraham Lincoln will be the candidate of the Unionists for president. We cordially endorse the movement. In our estimation, it would be suicidal to experiment with new men while the rebellion exists.

Mr. Lincoln has done well – much better than any man in the country could have done under the circumstances. He has proven himself a most remarkable man, who sincerely desires the peace and happiness of the people.

The rebellion was inaugurated on his assuming the reins of government, and he should hold them until every vestige of the rebellion is eradicated and our country is blessed with peace. The most hardened rebel sympathizer has not dared to impugn his motives and honesty of purpose, and we cannot in this emergency point to a more competent standard bearer for the flag of the Union, than Abraham Lincoln.

President Lincoln

on a second term

Recently a gentleman hinted to President Lincoln that it was deemed quite settled among many friends that he would accept a renomination for the presidency.

This “reminded” Father Abraham of what old Jesse Dubois, out of Illinois, once said to an itinerant preacher.

Jesse, as state auditor, had charge of the State House at Springfield. The preacher asked the use of it for a lecture.

“On what subject?” asked Jesse.

“On the second coming of our Saviour,” answered the long faced Millerite.

“O, bosh,” retorted Uncle Jesse, testily. “I guess if our Saviour had ever been in Springfield and had got away with his life, he’d be too everlasting smart to think of coming here again.”

This, said Lincoln, was very much his case about the succession.



for president

The national convention of the never-to-be-sneezed-at Conservatives met in Philadelphia on Thursday last, and nominated Gen. G.B. (Great Blow) McClellan for president in 1864, and Judge Campbell, of Pennsylvania, for vice president.

The ticket is a good one; we like it, and hope the Conservatives of the peace persuasion will stick to it. No man in the world could be more peace-able than Little Mac has been, whether as citizen or as commander of the army.

He loves peace and quietness, and the people, at the next election, will give him a free ticket to a peaceful home in some shady nook down in “Jarsey,” there to rest, apart from the busy turmoils of this pugilistic world. Good bye, McClellan, good bye, we wish you well in your rural retreat. Be a good boy, George, and you may go to Washington by-and-by to see Old Abe again inaugurated.

Gains and losses

According to the report of General Halleck, general-in-chief, the captures by the Union armies during the year, covered by his statements were as follows: colors, 52; prisoners, 86,783; guns, 266; small arms, 44,829; boats, 158; cattle, 5,643; horses, 1,175. Besides, in one place, “large stores,” in another, 4,400 pounds of power and 150,000 rounds of cartridges; and, in another, in the language of General Grant, “arms and munitions of war for an army of sixty thousand men.”

Our losses during the same period figure up thus: killed, 10,079; missing, 20,677; wounded, 51,176; guns, 42; small arms, 8,840; and 10,295 men reported under the heads of “our losses,” “killed and wounded” or “killed, wounded and missing.” This would place our total loss of men at 92,770.

Feeling a draft

Provost Marshal [J.V.] Eustace’s letter, published in another column, will be found particularly interesting and suggestive to [Whiteside County] candidates for the coming draft.

By a careful perusal of the marshal’s letter, they will find their chances for election by draft into Uncle Sam’s service tolerably fair, as but 18 volunteers out of our quota of 300 had been enrolled up to the date of the letter.

The draft will certainly ensue unless the complement is speedily filled, and the question for them to decide is, whether they will volunteer and receive the liberal bounties, and choice of regiment, or go by compulsion, where the government sees fit to place them, at thirteen dollars per month.

Wouldn’t touch it

An old lady in Boston, last week, was very anxious to read the president’s message, but refused to touch copy of the paper containing it, because she heard that Mr. Lincoln had the small pox and was afraid she would catch it.

No paper

No paper will be issued from this office next week. Sickness, and an accumulation of job work, makes it impossible for us to do otherwise. Taking time by the forelock, we wish our friends, one and all, a Happy New Year.

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