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1862/1864 House elections

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I've become kind of fascinated with this era recently after watching Lincoln again, but it seems like the information on candidates and vote counts from the 1862 and 1864 elections is pretty scarce. And while I could set the platforms for the Democrats and Republicans based on the issues and values in the 1864 historical presidential scenario, I'm not sure what I'd do with the Unionists and Unconditional Unionists, or even what the real difference was between the two. (And, of course, House elections didn't occur on the same day nationwide back then, but I suppose I'd just have to ignore that.) Any thoughts/suggestions?

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3 minutes ago, RI Democrat said:

I've become kind of fascinated with this era recently after watching Lincoln again, but it seems like the information on candidates and vote counts from the 1862 and 1864 elections is pretty scarce. And while I could set the platforms for the Democrats and Republicans based on the issues and values in the 1864 historical presidential scenario, I'm not sure what I'd do with the Unionists and Unconditional Unionists, or even what the real difference was between the two. (And, of course, House elections didn't occur on the same day nationwide back then, but I suppose I'd just have to ignore that.) Any thoughts/suggestions?

I have a half-done 1854 House election - the session of the U.S. House of Representatives with the standing record for the most political affiliation that got seats - six parties (one of which MAY have been a front party of some sort), one "political movement" that wasn't formally a party, and one "Independent Whig" (separate from the Whig caucus proper). I temporarily put it on the backburner due to a lack of a coalition mechanic in CI.

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3 hours ago, RI Democrat said:

I've become kind of fascinated with this era recently after watching Lincoln again, but it seems like the information on candidates and vote counts from the 1862 and 1864 elections is pretty scarce. And while I could set the platforms for the Democrats and Republicans based on the issues and values in the 1864 historical presidential scenario, I'm not sure what I'd do with the Unionists and Unconditional Unionists, or even what the real difference was between the two. (And, of course, House elections didn't occur on the same day nationwide back then, but I suppose I'd just have to ignore that.) Any thoughts/suggestions?

It's odd how difficult it is to find information on house elections. The only book I know of costs $200 used: https://www.amazon.com/United-States-Congressional-Elections-1788-1997/dp/0786402830

 

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3 hours ago, RI Democrat said:

I've become kind of fascinated with this era recently after watching Lincoln again, but it seems like the information on candidates and vote counts from the 1862 and 1864 elections is pretty scarce. And while I could set the platforms for the Democrats and Republicans based on the issues and values in the 1864 historical presidential scenario, I'm not sure what I'd do with the Unionists and Unconditional Unionists, or even what the real difference was between the two. (And, of course, House elections didn't occur on the same day nationwide back then, but I suppose I'd just have to ignore that.) Any thoughts/suggestions?

 

31 minutes ago, vcczar said:

It's odd how difficult it is to find information on house elections. The only book I know of costs $200 used: https://www.amazon.com/United-States-Congressional-Elections-1788-1997/dp/0786402830

 

Also, another issue for 1800's U.S. House of Representatives elections is who your "player" or "candidate" is. In standard CI, it is the CDCC, the RNCC, the LPCC, a few <Blank Independent Candidate> Campaign's, and such. But such national campaign organization, fundraising, strategy, coordination, and other electoral organs for House (or Senate or Presidential) Elections just didn't exist in those days at all. Campaigns were run piecemeal at the State and Congressional District level of operations. That is another logistical difficulty with those elections.

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