Lincolnites and Copperheads

Our November listings are from a challenging period in American history: the Civil War and Reconstruction. Lincoln and his Republican or National Union Party prosecuted the war to ultimate victory for the North, then oversaw the occupation of the South until the Compromise of 1877 placed Rutherford Hayes in the White House, the olive branch being Federal withdrawal and a tacit acquiescence to Jim Crow. Following the costly Union victory at Gettysburg in the summer of 1863, Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring the last Thursday of November a day of national prayer and thanksgiving, establishing the holiday we observe to this day.

The office will be closed on Thanksgiving, reopening Monday, November 28.

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