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Letter from James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, to his nephew providing comments about the Copperheads in Maine and the upcoming national election – August 28, 1864

Filed under: Civil War Daybook — Lori Williamson @ 9:00 am

Letter from James H. Bowler of Bangor, Maine, to his nephew, James Madison Bowler, providing comments about the Copperheads in Maine and the upcoming national election.
A partial transcription of the letter:

Bangor Augt 28 1864
My Dear Nephew
[…] Last evening I listend to a very able and effective speech from Gen Gnatt of Ark[.] […] Hall was crowded to overflowing[.] he is speaking in the principal towns in this part of the state and I hope may convince some mean copperheads of the error of their ways[.] The draft comes off here the 5th of next month[.] we have furnished our quota and some men on all calls previous to the last and have been recruiting the last months on the last call but shall come short. The Copperheads are organizing for a desperate fight in the coming campaign. I think we shall show them at our State election that Maine goes for the Union and as Maine goes so goes the Union[.] Abraham must be reelected and no compromise with rebels[.] […]
J N Bowler

See entire letter here: 1864-08-28_Bowler res

Citation: August 28, 1864, Letter from James H. Bowler to James Madison Bowler, Correspondence, undated, 1829-1865. Bowler, James Madison and Family, Papers. Minnesota Historical Society. [P1330

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