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    Pro-Lincoln 1864 Broadside, Address of the Union State Central Committee. One page, 7.5" x 9.75", Hartford; July 27, 1864. A presidential campaign election broadside in favor of extending the vote to those soldiers serving in the field. A message to the "Freemen of Connecticut", the Union State Central Committee sought voter's support to ratify an amendment to Connecticut's constitution that would permit her soldiers to place absentee ballots in the 1864 presidential election while in the field. In part:

    "On the 15th day of August next, you will be called upon to decide by your votes whether the Constitution of this State shall be so amended that the citizen soldier may be allowed to exercise the elective franchise, whether at home or in the field...we trust that you will now say, and by an overwhelming majority, that those citizens who protect your firesides from the invader's torch, you're your country from destruction, shall be entitled to vote for those who may govern the country which they have periled their lives to save...Two successive legislatures have passed the amendment which is now submitted for your ratification, thereby endorsing the principle laid down by Jefferson, Jackson, and other Democratic leaders of the olden time...this indeed was sound democratic doctrine when war was waged with Mexico in the interest of slavery; always more consistent, however, in their devotion to that interest than in the maintenance of a political principle, the same leaders of the same party, who, in some States, extended a freeman's privilege to soldiers in the wilds of a Mexican chapperal, now deny it to those who are within our own borders, fighting for freedom and the preservation of our national life...if you reject the amendment, he understands you to say, and you do say, that to enter the service of his country is a positive disqualification to vote...but if you accept the amendment, you tell him that he has thereby acquired a new and more exalted titled to the highest privileges of a freeman and a free government..." Signed in type by the chairman of the committee James G. Batterson and endorsed by all of the county representatives.

    Condition: Faint edge toning with light creasing at the corners.


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