Friday, January 18, 2013

Sunday, January 18, 1863

Mr. Curtis preached.  Mr. Stone and Mr. Browning came up to help with choir.
Two men staid here last night from Noble Co.  Mr. Jordan is Vallandigham Democrat & his soninlaw Mr. Tilton a Republican.  They almost quarreled over [Benj Brown’s]  late speech in Congress.  They have a lot of cattle.

Peggy’s notes:
The name of the person who gave the speech is difficult to read.  I believe it is Benj Brown, but I cannot find a reference to such a person in the House of Representatives.

Clement Vallandigham was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio from 1858-March 1863, a leader of the Copperheads who wanted a negotiated peace with the Confederates.  Julia would have considered him a traitor.  In May of 1863 he would give a speech saying the war was “a war for the freedom of the blacks and the enslavement of the whites.” 

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