[New York. August, 1863]. Broadside, 25 x 19 1/4 inches, with a woodcut map taking up much of the upper half. Mild soiling, some creasing, minor edge chipping, a few short closed marginal tears, a few small holes at top margin. Modern tape reinforcements on verso. Good. Item #WRCAM55282
A rare broadside produced as propaganda during the 1863 New York state elections, which followed on the heels of the New York City Draft Riots. The most prominent feature is the large persuasive map of the United States, with the "so-called Confederate States," and showing the Confederate holdings as of August, 1863. These lands include the light gray cross-hatched area, indicating the regions occupied by the Union (including the newly-admitted state of West Virginia). These are described as "the States and Territories claimed by Jeff. Davis, and over which for a considerable period his Rebel arms were triumphant, but which have been wrested from him by our heroic soldiers." The territory still under Confederate control is shaded in black, but optimistically described as "not yet repossessed by Union forces." Ultimately, the large map shows that "more than two-thirds of the rich domain of Treason has been recovered." The broadside was produced to allay the fears of voters by showing them how overwhelming the Union victories had been thus far in the war, along with countering Copperhead attacks on the war effort. In the text just below the map, the criticisms of New York Governor Horatio Seymour, including a speech he delivered at a Democratic meeting in which he "threatened the administration with rebellion in the North" indicate that this broadside was likely produced by the Union Party in an effort to get out the vote. The last line of the broadside reads: "Voters of New York, the good work must go on! While our brave soldiers, of your own blood and kindred, are fighting in the field for the Union, let your votes be recorded in the same glorious cause at home!" Two tables near the bottom emphasize the point of the map, outlining the population of the Confederate and border states and territories in 1861, contrasted by how much land had been recovered by the Union, as compared to what remained in the hands of the rebels. The tables show that of the 1,222,385 square miles possessed by the Confederacy in 1861, 909,275 of that had been reclaimed by the Union. An exceedingly rare broadside, with only two copies in OCLC, at the Boston Athenaeum and the British Library. OCLC 686682233, 750991320.