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Resolutions, Republican Party of New Hampshire in Convention, January, 3, 1866, Concord, New Hampshire.

Concord, New Hampshire, 1861, artist's impression

The Republican Party of New Hampshire met in Concord on January 3, 1866 to nominate candidates for state offices.  They also passed a series of resolutions that reflected the current state of post-Civil War politics early in the year.  Since this was their first convention since the assassination, the gathering mourned Abraham Lincoln's death and venerated his memory.  They also praised sitting President Andrew Johnson and pledged him their support in restoring the Union.  This, of course, was before the events of the next six months that would divide Republicans from the Democratic president but other resolutions gave a hint of troubles to come.  The body celebrated the end of slavery and decried the efforts in the South to restore "involuntary servitude" through the so-called "Black Codes," stating that it was "the sacred duty of the President, and of Congress, to see that the ordinance of universal emancipation, written in the blood of our brothers and sons, be not by any subterfuge annulled or made of no effect."  (By John Osborne)