• 152nd New York Lieutenant Holden Votes in 1864 Presidential Election -- Lincoln's Second Election

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    The 152nd New York Infantry fought in the Mine Run Campaign, engaging at Robertson’s Tavern. It fought in Gibbon’s Division in the Wilderness Campaign in all the battles, which ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. Background on regiment included.

    Stephen Holden was 30 years old when he enlisted on September 13, 1862 at Hartwick, NY, as a Private. He was mustered in to “H” Co. of the 152nd. He worked his way up the ranks, first to Sergeant, then to 2nd Lieutenant and finally to Captain on December 28, 1864. He was wounded at the Wilderness. Background on Holden included.

    The Presidential election of 1864 was between Abraham Lincoln, the Republican, and George B. McClellan, who ran as the “peace candidate.” Lincoln was re-elected president after votes were counted from 25 states. No electoral votes were counted from any of the eleven Southern States. Lincoln won by more than 400,000 popular votes on the strength of the soldier vote and military successes, such as the Battle of Atlanta. This made Lincoln the first president to be re-elected since Andrew Jackson in 1832.

    Offered is a wonderful lot of two items representing a soldier’s desire to vote in the 1864 election, which was the 2nd Lincoln election.

    Soldier’s Power of Attorney, part-print, part-manuscript, signed by Lieut. Holden giving Sheffield Harrington of the town of Hartwick, NY, to cast a ballot for him in the general election to be held on the 8th day of November, 1864. The document also contains the notary statement and signature of Matthew MacCann, 1st Lieut., Comd’g. Co. “H”, 152nd Regiment.

    Also included is an affidavit signed by Absent Elector, part-print, part-manuscript, on the verso of an envelope in which Stephen Holden swears that he is a citizen, over the age of 21 and an inhabitant of NYS “…have not made any bet or wager and not directly or indirectly interested in any bet or wager depending on the result of said election…swears that his is a member of Company “H” of the 152nd Regiment of NYS Vols. Now at or near Petersburgh.” Swon and subscribed the 17th day of October, 1864, by Stephen Holden as 2nd Lieut.

    Light soiling, but overall excellent condition.

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