NP: June 14, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The News from the North, June 9



in June 1864

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.

                          THE NEWS FROM THE NORTH.


The Northern papers of the 9th have been received here, and give the following summary of news:


The Northern papers are taken up mostly with the Baltimore convention, which met on the 7th instant.  After a session of two days the convention decided on its ticket—already announced—Abraham Lincoln for President, and Andy Johnson, of Tennessee, for Vice-President.  The name of Mr. Lincoln was put in nomination by Senator Simon Cameron, of Pennsylvania, Lincoln’s ex-Secretary of War, and the convention proceeded to ballot with the following result:


Maine,                              14                                  Ohio,                               42

New Hampshire,            10                                   Indiana,                          26

Vermont,                         10                                   Illinois,                            32

Massachusetts,              24                                   Michigan,                       16

Rhode Island,                   8                                    Wisconsin,                     16

Connecticut,                  12                                     Iowa,                              16

New York,                      66                                     Minnesota,                      8

New Jersey,                   14                                     California,                      10

Pennsylvania,                52                                     Oregon,                            6

Delaware,                         6                                     West Virginia,               10

Maryland,                       14                                    Kansas,                             6

Louisiana,                       14                                    Nebraska,                         6

Arkansas,                        10                                    Colorado,                         6

Tennessee,                     15                                    Nevada,                            6

Kentucky,                        22


Total,                                                                                                          427


Missouri,                                                                                                          22

On motion of Mr. Hume, of Missouri, the vote was declared unanimous.

The enthusiasm at this time was perfectly indescribable, the whole convention being on their feet shouting, and the band playing “Hail Columbia.”

After the nomination of Lincoln, the chairman read a despatch from the Secretary of War, giving the “good news from General Hunter,” which was received with great cheering.”  Then followed the balloting for Vice President, with the following result:

The total vote was Andy Johnson, of Tennessee, 492, Dickinson, 17, Hamlin 9.

The proceedings of the Convention occupy several columns, but they are unimportant.  They were characterized by some disorder but the deliberations of the Convention were conducted generally with decorum.  The following men appeared, claiming to represent the following named States as members of the “Union National Committee.”

Maryland, H. W. Hoffman; Virginia, W. H. Wallace; Florida, Calvin S. Robinson; Lousiana, Cuthbert (illegible); Arkansas, James S. Johnston; Missouri, S. H. Boyd; Tennessee, Joseph S. Fowler; Kentucky, P. K. Williams; West Virginia, A. W. Campbell; New Mexico, John V. Kerr.



Our dates from the North are immediately after the nominations were made, and so they give us very little idea of how the ticket is received by the people of the North.  The following editorial of the New York HERALD will give some little idea of what is thought of the ticket by that particular paper, and shows, in brief, the principles enunciated by the convention.  The HERALD, after giving the nominations, says:

A western ticket and the platform adopted is generally radical, yet, withal, a strangely mixed up and curiously conglomerate affair.

Why Hannibal Hamlin was set aside, and why Andrew Johnson was of all men, regarded as the man for Vice President, we do not pretend to understand—Johnson having been down to the rebellion, a regular dyed in the wool Southern Democrat.  It may have been supposed that his name would give strength to Old Abe among the old line War Democracy, and contribute at the same time to encourage the leading politicians of the rebellious States to abandon the unprofitable drudgery of Jeff Davis, and to come over into the remunerative service of Abraham Lincoln.

The new platform upon which Messrs. Lincoln and Johnson are nominated, we must say is a stunner.

The first resolution of the series demands the suppression of the rebellion by force of arms.—Good, although we think we have heard of this proposition before.

The second resolution declares against any compromise with armed rebels, except upon the condition precedent of their unconditional surrender.  Very well.

The third insists that SLAVERY BE UTTERLY EXTIRPATED FROM THE SOIL of the United States, and calls for a constitutional amendment to that end.  This is a plank from the HERALD’S platform.

The fourth thanks our soldiers and sailors for their gallant and glorious services, which is all very well.

The fifth approves the course pursued by President Lincoln, including his emancipation proclamations, enlistment of negro soldiers, and so on, which is somewhat remarkable after declaring for the supersedure of old Abe’s tinkering abolition experiments by the mode provided in the Constitution.

But what means the sixth resolution, which calls for harmony in the councils of the administration, and approves only those officials whose sentiments and conduct are in full accord with the valiant measures of the administration?  Is this a shot at Mr. Seward, or at the Blair family, or at the inoffensive old man, Attorney General Bates?  What would Mrs. Grundy say if Montgomery Blair, as Postmaster General, were made to walk the plank for the benefit of some hungry and grumbling abolition philosopher in an old white hat and coat?  Who can tell?

The seventh resolution demands full protection to the soldiers of the Union without regard to colour, which is a pretty broad hint that Old Abe has fallen short of his duty in this matter.

The eighth resolution declares in favour of foreign immigration.  A new bid for the foreign vote.

The ninth goes for a Pacific railroad, which probably secures all parties concerned in that project.

The tenth pledges the national faith for the redemption of the public debt, which will be accepted as a good thing by Mr. Secretary Chase’s bond-holders.

The eleventh declares for the maintenance of the Monroe doctrine, which in winding up is a pretty good thing for buncombe.

Negro suffrage, negro equality, miscegenation, free love and women’s rights, etc., are among the reforms which the Convention turned out of doors, with a mixed delegation of army sutlers and contrabands, white and blacks, from South Carolina.  What Wendell Phillips and his radical faction will say to this we think it will not be difficult to conjecture.  The developments of a very few days we apprehend from a popular reaction among radicals and conservatives, war men and peace men, republicans and democrats, against the corruptions, blunders and imbecilities of this administration, will show that honest Old Abe, even on his new platform, will have a very “hard road to travel.”

Lincoln’s nomination seems to have failed to inspire confidence or enthusiasm even in his own capital.  A despatch from Washington says:

The proceedings of the Baltimore Convention have elicited no enthusiasm here.  Even the most devoted well wishers of Mr. Lincoln appear to lack confidence of ultimate success.  They seem to have constantly in mind the remark of their candidate that “it is one thing to nominate and another to elect.”  Since the announcement of the nominations in Baltimore, leading democrats here are seriously advocating the nomination of Fremont, unless General Grant can be induced to accept a nomination.


The HERALD charges that its candidate, General Grant, was beaten and the nomination was gotten by Lincoln by foul play.  The HERALD charges the following game to the New York TIMES:

“On Friday last an action occurred before Richmond, of which General Grant gave the following official account:

“We assaulted at half past four, driving the enemy within his intrenchments at all points, but without gaining any decisive advantage.  Our troops now occupy a position close to the enemy—some places within fifty yards—and are remaining.  Our loss was not severe, nor do I suppose the enemy to have lost heavily.  We captured over three hundred prisoners—mostly from Breckinridge.”

On Tuesday morning the TIMES came out with a long account of the battle, printed in the largest type and covering over a page of the paper.  This report reviews Grant’s campaign—declares that Friday’s battle was the most important of all, and argues that General Grant was very badly beaten, and the rebels undoubtedly successful.  Upon this report the WORLD bases a Copperhead article, attacking the Union cause, and it will unquestionably be used by secessionists abroad likewise to help the cause of the rebels.

Our readers will remember the Baltimore Convention assembled on the very morning that the TIMES published this report, and we have no doubt that it was written at the suggestion of Chevalier Raymond, to injure Grant and assist Mr. Lincoln in that Convention.  To suggest this, and to make out that Grant was a beaten General, was the object of the TIMES’ article.  We have no words adequate to express our reprobation of such dishonest and malicious political manoeuvreing as this.  We ask a candid comparison between General Grant’s report and the TIMES’ article, and, after making this comparison, no man can resist the conviction that the TIMES has prostituted its columns to the basest of slanders upon our greatest General for the purpose of influencing the Baltimore Convention against him, and that it presumes to impeach both his generalship and his truthfulness.




There is nothing new from Grant’s army.  His latest despatch reports “all quiet.”  It seems, however, that reinforcements are being sent to him.  A Washington despatch says:

The Government is actively forwarding reinforcements to General Grant from this city.  Two steamers left here this morning with several regiments of ONE HUNDRED DAYS’ MEN, including the One Hundred and Forty-third Ohio.

But these reinforcements will hardly make up for the troops that are leaving, whose terms of enlistment have expired.  A Washington despatch says:

The Second Rhode Island regiment arrived here to day from the front EN ROUTE for home, its term of service having expired.  This regiment has had over two thousand in the field, and returns with only about two hundred and fifty.



Lincoln has sent into Congress the following letter from the Secretary of War, with his “concurrence in the recommendation therein made.”

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington City, June 7.

Sir—I beg leave to submit to you a report made to me by the Provost-Marshal-General, showing the result of the draft now going on to fill the deficiency in the quotas of certain States, and recommending a repeal of the clause in the enrollment act commonly known as the THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR CLAUSE.  The recommendation of the Provost Marshal General is approved by this department, and I trust that it will be recommended by you to Congress.

The recent SUCCESSES that have attended our arms lead to the HOPE that by maintaining our military strength, and giving it such increase as the extended field of operations may require, an early termination of the war may be obtained.  But to accomplish this, it is absolutely necessary that efficient means be taken with vigour and promptness to keep the army up to its strength, and supply deficiencies occasioned by losses in the field.

To that end resort must be had to a draft; but ample experience has now shown that the pecuniary exemption from service frustrates the object of the enrollment law by furnishing money instead of men.

An additional reason for repealing the exemption clause is that it is contemplated to make the draft for comparatively a short term.  The burden of military service will therefore be lightened; but its certainty of furnishing troops is an absolute essential to success.  I have the honour to be your obedient servant.

EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.

The Provost Marshal, in a letter to the Secretary of War, says:

I invite your attention to the small proportion of soldiers being obtained under the existing law.  I see no reason to believe that the army can be materially strengthened BY DRAFT so long as the three hundred dollar clause is in force; nor do I think it safe to assume that the commutation paid by a drafted man will enable the government to procure a volunteer or substitute in his place.

I do not think that large bounties by the United States should be again resorted to for raising troops.

I recommend that the three hundred dollar clause, as it is known, be repealed.

The HERALD’S Washington correspondent says that the recommendation of the President that the exemption clause of the enrollment act be repealed was to day very favourably received and discussed at considerable length by the Senate.—Little doubt is entertained of its adoption at an early date.


A General Order, issued from “the Headquarters, Department of Western Virginia,” by Major-General Hunter, just on the eve of his recent march, contains the following paragraphs.  It would be well enough for our authorities to make a special note of them:

Brigade and all other commanders will be held strictly responsible that their commands are amply supplied on the march.  Cattle, sheep and hogs, and if necessary, HORSES AND MULES must be taken and slaughtered.  These supplies will be seized (stolen) under the direction of officers duly authorized, and upon a system which will hereafter be regulated.

The Commanding General expects of every officer and soldier of the army in the field an earnest and unwavering support.  He relies with confidence upon an ever kind Providence for a glorious result.  The Lieutenant-General commanding the armies of the United States, who is now vigourously pressing back the enemy upon their last stronghold, EXPECTS MUCH from the army of the Shenandoah, and he MUST NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.



Six hundred contrabands arrived in Washington one day last week from the Peninsula, and were sent to the pens at Arlington.

Sterling exchange is quoted in New York at 2111/2 to 212 for currency, and 1091/2 to 1095/8 for gold.  Gold opened at 1941/4.

The Northern papers estimate Morgan’s forces at 2500.  According to their accounts, Morgan had captured Mount Sterling and Paris and burnt two important bridges between Paris and Cynthiana.1


  1. “The News from the North.” Richmond Examiner. June 14, 1864, p. 3 col. 3-5


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