Election Day across much of the United States

Elections at all levels were held across many of the United States.  In the East and Midwest, Unionist and Republican tickets were largely more dominant than usual, even in areas like Peoria, Illinois which had seen strong Democratic representation earlier. There the local press called the county "redeemed from the stench of Copperheadism."  Returning soldiers were seen as crucial to Republican gains.  (By John Osborne) 
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"Victory: The Backbone of the Copperheads Broken," Chicago Tribune, November 8, 1865, p. 1. 
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