Rankin Family History Project
Weekly Perryville Union
Perryville, Missouri, Friday, 11 November 1864
PERRY COUNTY REDEEMED HERSELF
SHE HAS GONE RADICAL
Entire County Radical Ticket is Elected.
Lincoln Carries the County by a Large Majority.
Thomas E. Noell Carries the County.
McClellan and His Friends Played Out.
DEDOCRACY GOING UP SALT RIVER
Thos. Price Making his Way up Salt River
The election last Tuesday past off very quietly in this region of the country, and quite a
large vote was polled. We have received the returns from all the precincts in the county.
The vote stands as follows:
|Abraham Lincoln, Radical
|George B. McClellan, Democrat
|Thomas C. Fletcher, R.
|Thomas L. Price, D.
The remainder of the State radical ticket received the same amount of votes that Thomas C.
|Thomas E. Noell, R.
|D. C. Tuttle, D.
|William T. Leeper, Opposition
DELEGATES TO THE CONVENTON
|George C. Thilenius, R.
|A. M. McPherson, R.
|Emanuel Estel, D.
|D. W. Shepard, D.
CALLING THE CONVENTION
|For the Convention
|Against the Convention
|John C. McBride, R.
|Daniel Seibert D.
|Thomas Layton, R.
|Isidore Layton, D.
FOR COUNTY JUDGE
|Thomas G. Chadwich, R.
|Joab W. Burgee, D.
|Joseph C. Killian, R.
|C. W. Conrad, R.
|A. J. Abernathy, D.
|William Doerr, R.
|C. C. Rutledge, D.
The radical ticket has carried the county by at least three hundred majority. -- The Democratic
candidates are preparing to travel up Salt River, where they will live a life of seclusion.
In the election of Tuesday the people have emphatically said that one but thoroughly loyal men
shall rule Perry county. Disloyalists must take a back seat and be governed by loyal citizens
in the future.
THE WEATHER. -- We have had all kinds of weather lately, in this latitude. it has been warm, it has been old and freezy, and it has been rainy and blustry, causing the roads to become horribly muddy.
SPEECHES LAST MONDAY. -- Speeches were made in Perryville at the court house last Monday by William T. Leeper of Wayne county, and Thomas E. Noell of Perry county. The former spoke early in the afternoon, and they both addressed the citizens at early candle-lighting on Monday evening. Both of the gentlemen being candidates for Congress in The Third Congressional District, had as the Irishman said, a spat at each other. Thomas E. Noell was the nominee of the Radical party of this district, while Mr. Leeper was an independent candidate. -- They endeavored to fire some heavy guns at each other, and as they were opponents we could scarcely expect anything else, but whose discharges had the most effect, we are not able to inform our readers, but we expect they both had some effect upon their bearers.
Will the Southern Negroes Fight for Slavery?
After deriding the employment of the negro as a soldier, the Southern press is now urging the rebel government so to employ him. After ridiculing the policy of tempting him to our armies by the pledge of freedom, that press now insists that freedom be offered to him as an inducement to fight in the Confederate cause. After often and emphatically declaring freedom only a curse, and slavery solely a blessing to the negro, our secession philosophers now eloquently portray the propriety of reqarding the fighting negro with freedom! After laying down slavery as the corner-stone of their model government, they propose with freedom to pay their slaves for becoming soldiers for that government! Such is the coherence of the logic of slavery's rebellion against popular and free institutions. How thoroughly has the course of events demonstrated the absurdity of those theories on which the corrupt casuists of the Southern political and theological schools have attempted to justify their insurrection!
At last the chivalry recognize in the negro the elements of heroic manhood. This is a great confession for the Southern mind. Northern men have long almost universally regarded mere animal courage as far from the highest of the qualities that entitle their possessor to esteem and to freedom. In the land of the duelist, the New England idea of moral courage, and the superiority of honest toil, have been scouted at and despised, and the free laboring masses sneered at as "mud-sills," fit only to be owned as property. To-day, the Southerner has come to accord to his slave the possession of those qualities on which he had been taught to pride himself as superior to the Northerner -- the qualities that make the soldier -- and to acknowledge that the display of those qualities in exercise entitles their possessor to freedom! How long a step in advance will it be to admit that the having of those qualities proves that he who has them was designed by nature to be free?
"Was man ordained the slave of man to toil,
Yoked with the brutes and fettered to the soil,
Weighed in the tyrant's balance with his gold?
No! Nature stamped him in a heavenly mould!"
Something of this mould then haughty slave aristocracy, through their own experience of weakness, are beginning to discovered in the down-trodden black man. Falling in their fight for the sweet privilege of keeping their foot upon his race they offer to withdraw the heel of tyranny from such individuals of the abject race as will aid them in trampling upon the rest of that race forever.
Is it a thing possible that so desperate and base an effort of perishing wickedness can succeed? Can it be that the historian of these times will ever be called to pen such a paragraph as this: --
"When slavery and its Confederacy were on the point of utter defeat, they were saved, and the slavery of negroes was made eternal, through the employment of negroes as the soldiers of such slavery?"
Such a result may safely be set down as morally impossible. Heaven cannot permit it. The Southerners have not finished their education in learning, at last, that the negro is fit for a soldier. They have yet to learn that he is unfit to fight for slavery. -- Missouri Democrat.
Thanksgiving Day - a Proclamation
It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us, with his guardian care, against unfriendly designs from abroad, and vouchsafed to us, in His mercy, many and signal victories ever the enemy, who is of our own household. it has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has crowned the labor of our working men in every department of Industry with abundant reward. Moreover, he has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have have been brought by our adherance, as a nation, to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions.
Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next, as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow citizens, wherever they may then be, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the universe, and I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and frevent [sic] prayers and supplications to the Great Disposer of events for the return of the inestimable blessings of peace, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him to assign as a dwell-place for ourselves and our posterity throughout all generations.
In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the City of Washington, this 20th day of October, in the year of Our Lord, 1861, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-ninth.
By the President,
WM. H. SEWARD, Secretary State
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