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In Maryland, Unionists triumph in the statewide elections and Augustus Bradford is elected as governor

Augustus Williamson Bradford, detail
11/06/1861
Virtually under military occupation by a federal government desperate to preserve it in the Union, Maryland went to the polls to elect a new governor and state legislature.  Federal troops and marshals had been ordered to make the election safe for Union men and arrest any who were suspected of supporting the Confederacy or would not not take a loyalty oath when it was demanded.  The election went off without significant incident and Unionist Augustus W. Bradford was elected, along with a Unionist legislature.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"The Election in Maryland," New York Times, November 7, 1861.

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