NP: November 11, 1864 The Bedford Inquirer: 208th PA Election Results, November 1864

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COMPANY K, 208TH REG[IMEN]T., P[ENNSYLVANIA].V[OLUNTEERS].
IN FRONT OF PETERSBURG, VA.,
NOV. 9, 1864.

ED. INQUIRER:

The great day of trial is over. Politicians must be content. Considerable interest was manifested throughout this camp all the day [on November 8, 1864], and Company K, at the summing up of the account last night, discovered that, of seventy-eight votes cast, three of them were for McClellan and Pendleton. The majority for Lincoln in the 208th [Pennsylvania] Regiment is 1521. I have not learned how the vote stands in other Regiments here, but presume that all have given majorities for Lincoln. Thus it will be seen that the policy of the Administration is endorsed by the soldiers here, and if it is endorsed by the friends of soldiers at home, we may soon expect to be freed from the galling yoke of treason.

Yours in haste,

JOHN E. SATTERFIELD.

     Since writing the above, I have received the returns of the several companies of the 208th [Pennsylvania] Reg’t.

…………………………………….Lincoln                 McClellan

Co. A, Snyder County      27                          27

Co. B, Different Cos.        32                          21

Co. C, “.                     .”     30                          26

Co. D, Perry Co.                58                          11

Co. E, “.                .”           88                          26

Co. F, “.                .”           26                          58

Co. G, “.               .”            41                          39

Co. H, Bedford Co.           36                          27

Co. I, Perry Co.                 35                          41

Co. K, Bedford Co.           75                          8

J.E.S.2

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  1. SOPO Editor’s Note: If you add up the votes, the total number of men who voted was 732. This does not indicate either the present for duty or present number, but gives researchers a floor for the number of men present on that day. The narrow majority for Lincoln is perhaps unsurprising, given many of these men were almost certainly drafted and resented being called into the army.
  2. “Company K, 208th Regt., P.V.” The Bedford Inquirer (Bedford, PA), November 18, 1864, p.3, c.3.

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