Lincoln’s Northern Nemesis

The War Opposition and Exile of Ohio’s Clement Vallandigham


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About the Book

Clement Vallandigham was an Ohio lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician. When the Civil War broke out, he quickly emerged as Lincoln’s leading antagonist in the North. He blamed the war on the Republicans, and he proposed to end it by abandoning that party’s position on slavery. He opposed abolition, favored states’ rights over the power of the federal government, and continuously opposed Lincoln’s military bills—leading others to accuse him of wanting the Confederacy to win the war. In 1863, Vallandigham was court-martialed for “declaring sympathies with the enemy” and was exiled. The result of his arrest was a campaign (from exile) utterly unique in American history. This book tells Vallandigham’s story, focusing on the war years and the events leading up to and following the 1863 Ohio gubernatorial election, which Lincoln considered to be crucial to the survival of the Union.

About the Author(s)

Martin Gottlieb retired after 27 years as an award-winning editorial writer and—sometimes nationally distributed—columnist for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.

Bibliographic Details

Martin Gottlieb

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 278
Bibliographic Info: 27 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8629-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4371-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction: Claims to Fame 5
1. The Making of a ­Pro-Slavery Northerner 9
2. Onto the National Stage 27
3. Seeing John Brown (In the Mirror) 31
4. The Westerner 37
5. Response to Sumter: Founding Fatherhood Denied 42
6. Defending Himself 50
7. Love Among the Polarized 55
8. The 1862 Fight for Freedom and Slavery 62
9. Tom Lowe, Vallandighammer 87
10. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off 94
11. Exiled, Welcomed and Removed 99
12. Lincoln vs. Vallandigham 138
13. The Campaign from Exile 149
14. Lincoln’s Election Night and the ­Post-Election Spin 190
15. Literary Immortality 197
16. Canadian Winter 200
17. Vallandighammizing the Democrats 209
18. After the War 219
19. Wrong Gun in His Pocket 236
20. What Ever Happened To…? 242
Chapter Notes 251
Bibliography 263
Index 267