In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania legislature postpones the Philadelphia municipal election
The Republican controlled Pennsylvania legislature passed a bill adjusting the schedule of elections in Philadelphia. The scheduled spring elections were to be cancelled and from then on rolled into the state election in October. Fearing a repeat of the close-run election of 1860 and a possible loss in the spring, Republicans gained more time and won the municipal elections easily in the fall, in a vastly changed political climate. (By John Osborne)
"The Philadelphia Municipal Election," New York Times, March 20, 1861.
Thomas Scharf and Thompson Wescott, History of Philadelphia 1609-1884, in three volumes (Philadelphia, PA: L.H. Everts & Co., 1884), 752.