"REBEL TERMS OF PEACE!" - UNION STATE OF MAINE POLITICAL BROADSIDE

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Item Code: 552-74

Ca. 1864. Broadside measures 9.5 x 7.375", attractively mounted in heavy, shrink-wrapped white card, measuring 15 x 11.75".

This broadside was printed to drum up support for state Union candidates in a forthcoming September election-["Men of Maine! See to it that on the second Monday of September you pronounce for the Union"] It begins by tying Copperhead Democrats to Rebel Terms of Peace as printed in an earlier Richmond Enquirer:

"Citizens of Maine! The Copperhead Politicians of our state are crying out for "peace on any terms," and they tell you it is a very easy matter to "compromise with our misguided Southern brethren." To clearly understand the position of the enemy, read the following "Conditions of Peace" on which the official organ of the rebel government, the Richmond Enquirer, of October 16, [1863] proposes to settle and have "peace:"

"Save on our own terms, we can accept no peace whatever, and we must fight until doomsday rather than yield one iota of them; and are terms are: "Recognition of by the enemy of the Independence of the Confederate States. "Withdrawal of Yankee soldiers from Maryland, until that state shall decide, by a free vote, whether she shall remain in the old Union, or ask admission into the Confederacy.[This implies the surrender of Washington and the District of Columbia to the Confederacy.]

"Consent on the part of the Federal Government to give up to the Confederacy its proportion of the Navy as it stood at the time of secession, or to pay for the same…."

The broadside then makes its plea for the Union candidate against the Copperheads:

"Voters of Maine! These are the terms of peace to which your are invited by the Copperhead politicians of our State-the destruction of the Union-the giving up of Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri, which have all voted by immense majorities for the Union-the surrender of a large part of our Navy-the loss of more than one-half of our territory, the surrender of Washington City…..

"People of Maine! Will you give your assent to such a base surrender of our cause?

"Samuel Cony stands as the representative of those who will never surrender the Government…[Cony was elected Governor of Maine in September 1863, three consecutive terms-1864/1867]….Joseph Howard is the candidate of those who are willing to accept Peace on the terms dictated by Jefferson Davis."

Broadside exhibits light fold marks. Else VG. Superb collectible for Maine Civil War aficionados.

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