The Negro in the Fence

Title

The Negro in the Fence

Subject

Copperheads

Description

Two articles in this Unionist paper regard Asa Mercer, who had brought the "Mercer Girls" to Washington and who had asked the legislature "to endorse him as immigrant agent for the territory." "The Negro in the Fence" (p.2) says "the Copperhead party" in the legislature turned Mercer down, fearing he would bring Union men only - and now they accuse him of wanting to import blacks. "Immigration Again," (p.1) quotes Gov. Andrew of Massachusetts on the problem of surplus single women (presumably because of men who died in the war) and suggests that if aided by a fund, women could be enticed to Washington. "There are as many adventurous women as men."

"Religion and Patriotism" (p. 1) argues against ignoring patriotism.
"A Vicksburg Ghost" (p.1) an apocryphal tale of a war ghost.
"For Delegate to Congress, Arthur A. Denny" (p.2) A Unionist manifesto adopted in convention April 14.
"Murder of the President, Its Causes and Lessons" (p.2) Blames "the spirit of the Copperhead party" and calls on Democrats "to note where the party that claims you is drifting..."
"Booth the Assassin" (p. 2)
"How Changed" (p.2) Quotes SC governor's speech of 1861.
"The Speaking at Port Madison" (p.3) Strong audience support at Unionist speeches by Denny and Garfield in Kitsap County.
"South Carolina," a poem from Harper's Weekly


Abstract

Unsigned article attacks Article 7 of "the Copperhead platform" accusing Republicans of wanting "to introduce negro contrabands into the Territory" as a lie, and Gen. Tilton, their candidate for territorial representative, for endorsing this.

Creator

unknown

Source

Seattle Weekly Gazette

Publisher

Seattle, WA: J.R. Watson

Date Issued

1860-05-11

References

Denny, Arthur Armstrong, 1822-1899
Mercer, A. S. (Asa Shinn), 1839-1917

Medium

Web

Type

article

Bibliographic Citation

Vol. 1, iss. 52, p. 2, col. C

Temporal Coverage

1865

Provenance

Washington State Archives

URL

www.sos.wa.gov/history/newspapers.aspx

Start Page

2

End Page

2

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