Re: soldier voting by mail?

Zachery Fry will be discussing his new book _Republic in the Ranks: Loyalty and Dissent in the Army of the Potomac_ on the podcast Civil War Talk Radio (https://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2205/civil-war-talk-radio or www.impedimentsofwar.org) this Wednesday, May 27. I'll be sure to ask him about his findings regarding soldier voting by mail.

Gerry Prokopowicz

Re: soldier voting by mail?

As a quick follow up, the voting procedures varied state by state.  Nineteen northern states permitted soldiers to vote in time for the presidential election of 1864.  Some set up polls in the field, while others did it by mail.  Some of the states with a mail-in or proxy voting system were West Virginia, Minnesota, New York, and Connecticut.

Here's a piece in the Washington Post's Made by History series on absentee voting during the Civil War and World War 2:

Re: soldier voting by mail?

Quite a lot exists on this topic. Absentee voting for soldiers varied by state. For an account going back to 1812, see Margaret McKelvy Bird and Daniel Crofts, "Soldier Voting in 1864: The David McKelvy Diary," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 115:3 (July 1991). For a survey of every state's constitution as it pertained to absentee and mail-in voting up to and including 1864, see Josiah Henry Benton, Voting in the Field: A Forgotten Chapter of the Civil War (1915).

Re: soldier voting by mail?

Thanks for recommending my book, Brian! Tim, I also have a few articles on the subject:

This one looks specifically at New York:

“Canvassing the Troops: The Federal Government and the Soldiers’ Right to Vote,” Civil War History 50 (September 2004), 290-316.

These two at Pennsylvania:

“Citizens and Soldiers: Party Competition and the Debate in Pennsylvania over Permitting Soldiers to Vote, 1861-64,” American Nineteenth Century History 5 (Summer 2004), 47-70.

H-Diplo Article Review 951 on Fredman.  “GIs and ‘Jeep girls’:  Sex and American Soldiers in Wartime China.”

H-Diplo Article Review 951
20 May 2020

Zach Fredman.  “GIs and ‘Jeep girls’:  Sex and American Soldiers in Wartime China.”  Journal of Modern Chinese History 13:1 (2019):  76-101.  DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1080/17535654.2019.1618627.

https://hdiplo.org/to/AR951  
Editor: Diane Labrosse | Commissioning Editor: Seth Offenbach | Production Editor: George Fujii

H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-40 on Madsen. Sovereign Soldiers: How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy After World War II

H-Diplo Roundtable XXI-40

Grant Madsen.  Sovereign Soldiers:  How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy After World War II.  Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.  ISBN:  9780812250367 (cloth, $45.00/£36.00).

4 May 2020 | https://hdiplo.org/to/RT21-40
Roundtable Editor: Diane Labrosse | Commissioning Editor: Thomas Maddux | Production Editor: George Fujii

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