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1864 “How the War Commenced and How Near It Is Ended.” Civil War Broadside Published by the National Union Executive Committee with Illustration Map

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October 1, 1864-Dated Civil War Period, Broadside titled “How the War Commenced and How Near It Is Ended.”, published by the National Union Executive Committee, Astor House, New York, Choice Very Fine.

Original Broadside of the Civil War Period, measuring about 12” x 19” and tipped to a 14.5” x 19.5” heavy modern cardstock for display. It is printed in bold black typeset with a historic Civil War illustration Map shown in detail above. This historic political Broadside was published by the National Union Executive Committee, responding to two allegations attributed to the Copperheads, (Northern Democrats opposed to the War). Top of the page is am illustration Map showing the Territory formerly controlled by the Confederates (shaded in gray), and the currently reduced Territory presently under Confederate control, (shown in black).

The first section of the text, “Who Commenced the War” offers a chronology of events (excerpted from the Confederate States Register) of aggressive acts committed by Southern States prior to Lincoln’s election-revealing the South as the primary cause of the protracted conflict. The second section, “Have we made any Progress in Crushing the Rebellion?” is dispelled using two tables presenting the area in sq. miles and population of various Southern states and territories in 1861 and 1864. The amount of “area conquered” totals 1,311,184 sq. miles, and the “population recovered” (by the Union Army) amounts to 7,638,062. This historic Civil War Political Broadside offers still further facts and figures to reveal how much the Confederacy has lost over the past four years. A scarce and important Civil War Broadside and is one of the finest quality in eye appeal we have offered.
During the 1864 Presidential campaign, the "Copperheads" (Northern Democrats opposed to the War) formed a new political party and nominated John Fremont as their candidate. In response, the Republicans rebranded themselves as the "National Union Party" in order to attract the support of Northern War Democrats. Even after Fremont left the race and the Democrats nominated McLellan, the “Copperheads” continued to attack President Abraham Lincoln.
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