Presentation: 'Belfast Divided: Political Conflict in the Civil War Era'

Community Happenings
Apr 07, 2014
6:30 PM

Bob Rackmales will present “Belfast Divided: Political Conflict in the Civil War Era” as the next program in the Local and Legendary series in the Abbott Room of the Belfast Free Library. Just prior to the onset of the Civil War Belfast voters had shifted their allegiance from the Democratic to the newly formed Republican Party. After only a brief interruption during the early months of the war, partisan battles between, and also within, the two parties shaped the outcome of the critical elections in 1860, 1862, 1864 and 1866, which helped determine both the military and political outcomes of the contest. This presentation will focus particularly on the roles played by several key leaders of the Democratic Party: William G. Crosby, J.G. Dickerson and William H. Simpson. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 338-3884 ext. 25.