President Abraham Lincoln anxiously awaits the outcome of elections in several northern states considered crucial to the war effort.
Some 50,000 people attend a rally in President Abraham Lincoln’s hometown of Springfield, Illinois, in support of Lincoln and his war policies.
Democrats make substantial gains in both the Federal and state elections, which reflects growing dissatisfaction with Abraham Lincoln’s war policies among northern voters.
The growing political, economic, and social differences in America were epitomized by the most crucial presidential election in the young nation’s history.
January 9, 1865 – The U.S. House of Representatives opened debate on a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery that had been defeated last year. The abolition
November 8, 1864 – Abraham Lincoln won reelection, thus ensuring that the war to destroy the Confederacy and reunite the Union would continue. The presidential