MA Man Writes of Copperheads Crawling out of Hiding Places; President Andrew Johnson Protesting in 1866
In the 1860s, the Copperheads were made up of a vocal fraction of Democrats in the Northern United States who opposed the Civil War, wanting an immediate settlement with the Confederates. Copperheads were sometimes suspected of disloyalty and arrested. Andrew Johnson ascended to the presidency, following the assassination of President Lincoln, just as the Civil War was ending. He sought reconciliation with the South, resented his critics and in 1866, went on an unprecedented national tour to promote his policies and destroy his enemies.
In this 4 pp, ALS, to his brother and sister, March 4th, 1866, our writer – Miles -- in North Weare [MA] takes the reader through this period of American history. Brief but significant, we’re pleased to offer this firsthand account.
“Your letter came duly to hand & contents have been very agreeably noticed. It is indeed particularly gratifying to learn of your convalescence. And I hope you will continue the application of those remedies, which seem to be working so favorably in your case until every symptom of disease shall have been completely eradicated & driven from your mortal corporalties…The copperheads are seen crawling out from there old hiding places & rejoicing in what they consider the sunlight of their future prosperity given the late demonstration by Andy Johnson. And I should not much wonder if New Hampshire should fail up at the coming election. But we hope better things. If it should so happen, it will be in consequence of weak…Republicans. J.B. says they shall whip us sure in this town, but I take it as pretty good evidence that we shall not, but from what I learn we are pretty badly split up…It will come out all right in the end…”
Folds, light toning, but very readable.
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