Rainey day. I went back to Mrs. Dawes’ this morning. Great Copperhead demonstration. A procession of some 50 horsemen & 100 wagons preceded by a band of music and carrying banners paraded the streets in a drizzling rain under faded cotton umbrellas, the women clad in old shakers & beautiful shawls. A dismal looking set. One fellow stood up in a wagon and screeched out a Vallindingham song. The only persons I knew were old Mr. Stokes, Mrs. Sheets and W. P. Cole & daughter.
Vallindingham was a Democrat who was running for Governor of Ohio. He was one of the "Copperheads," a noisy group of northern Democrats who wanted an immediate end to the Civil War and were advocating that the Confederacy be recognized as a separate nation.