: Anthony W. Ross wrote this letter to his wife Sarah while he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Ross writes about the upcoming gubernatorial election in Ohio. He calls Clement L. Vallandigham a "traitor" and compares him and the Peace Democrats to the Tories of the American Revolution. Clement L. Vallandigham (1820-1871), a U.S. senator from Lisbon, Ohio, led the "Copperhead," or Peace Democrat, movement of the 1850s and 1860s. He made a famous political speech on Mt. Vernon's public square on May 1, 1863, for which he was later arrested and tried for treason by a military court. The case led to his banishment to the South, but the Democrats nominated him for governor of Ohio in 1863. Vallandigham lost the election of 1863 to John Brough. The four-page letter measures 5" x 8" (12.7 x 20.32 cm). Anthony W. Ross of Good Hope, Ohio enlisted in Company G. of the 73rd OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry) on March 23, 1862. He was discharged when his term of service expired on March 24, 1865. His letters to his wife were written from Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee. The 73rd OVI saw action at the second battle of Bull Run, where it lost 150 men, in August 1862. After a few months near Washington, D.C., the regiment fought in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where another 143 men were killed. In the fall of 1863 they moved south to fight at Lookout Mountain and Mission Ridge before joining General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Battle of Atlanta and on the infamous March to the Sea. View on Ohio Memory.
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: Ohio Government; Military Ohio; Civil War; Soldiers; Military life; Political elections; Vallandigham, Clement L. (Clement Laird), 1820-1871; Governors Places
: Good Hope (Ohio); Fayette County (Ohio); Bristow Station (Virginia)