Large archive of 1864 Presidential election ballots from Ohio for soldiers voting in the field. A variety of ballot designs and counties are represented for the Lincoln – Johnson ballot as well as the McClellan – Pendleton ticket. Approximately 175 of the Lincoln/Johnson ballots depict Lady Liberty wielding the Union sword. Ohio counties represented with this ballot design include Darke, Lake, Morgan, and Vinton counties. Paper spacers between some of these ballots are titled Hospital Charleston, Alexandria VA, Barracks No 1 Louisville KY, Battery 8 Dv Art. Vicksburg Miss. One Darke Co. ballot reads, "As I fight so I vote + no compromise with copperheads of the North or Rebels of the South. Verso – "Loyal hands and Earnest hearts only to be trusted. Let us abide by our Faith + do our duty Nobely. Sol. R. Smith". Additional inscriptions on backs of ballots include "The union now and forever", "Adams 19th Regt…", "William H. Lennent (?sp) Co J 94 OVI", "Company A114 Ohio". Additional Lincoln/Johnson ballot designs include one ballot with the Union flag atop a globe, 4 ballots with the Union flag only, one from Darke Co. with an eagle design, approx. 20 ballots from Fairfield Co. and Darke Co. with no design, 20 ballots with no design on yellow paper from Morgan Co., 3 larger ballots with a three color (red, white, blue) ballot with crossed flags, drums, cannon, swords, stacked rifles and a winged eagle. Additional Lincoln/Johnson ballots include 10 Lake Co. handwritten ballots and 2 Clarke Co. handwritten ballots. Of the 32 McClellan/Pendleton ballots, 16 have the McClellan portrait design, 3 from Morgan Co. include one with the plow design and a couple with two different eagle designs, 12 Vinton Co. ballots with an eagle design, and one handwritten Lake Co. McClellan/Pendleton ballot. Lincoln was victorious in winning the state of Ohio in the 1864 Presidential election. Condition: Condition – overall in very good condition. The three ballots with red, white, and blue colors have more folds and tears at the margin than others. Almost all ballots have a small hole in the center as a result of the tallying process, minor folds and tears at the margins, some toning.
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