A Guide to the Virginia Confederate Election Ticket, 1861 Virginia Confederate Election Ticket Ms2010-004

A Guide to the Virginia Confederate Election Ticket, 1861

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Collection Number Ms2010-004


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Processed by: Julia Viets, Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Virginia Confederate Election Ticket, 1861
Physical Characteristics
1 folder; 0.1 cu. ft.
Virginia election ticket for the November 6, 1861, Confederate election. It includes the names of candidates for sixteen districts; Jefferson Davis for President, and A.H. Stephens for Vice President; and state representative candidates, John R. Edmunds and Allen T. Caperton.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Virginia Confederate Election Ticket must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Confederate Election Ticket, Ms2010-004, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Confederate Election Ticket was purchased by Special Collections in 2009.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Confederate Election Ticket commenced and was completed in March 2010.

Biographical/Historical Information

Jefferson Davis, the candidate for president, was born on June 3, 1808, in Kentucky. He died in 1889. He graduated from West Point military academy in 1828 and then served the US army in the frontier service. After resigning in 1835, Davis pursued a political career in which he was a Mississippi senator from 1835 to 1845, and a congressman. In 1861, when Mississippi seceded, Davis resigned from the senate and became the provisional president of the Confederate States. On February 22, 1862, Davis was elected as the president of the Confederacy.

A. H. Stephens, the candidate for vice president, was born on February 11th, 1812, in Georgia. In 1832, he graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens. Before he was elected as the vice president for the Confederacy, he served both as a representative and senator for US Congress. After the Civil War, he served as a senator for Georgia until his death in 1883.

John R. Edmunds, candidate for Virginia state representative, lived from 1807 to 1874. He was educated at University of Virginia and William & Mary and was a slave-owning farmer, lawyer, and legislator.

Allen T. Caperton of Monroe, candidate for Virginia state representative, was born on November, 21, 1810 and died in 1876. In addition to serving as a member of the Confederate States Senate, he was a congressman for the US before and after the Civil War.

Additional Resources:
Haywood, Mary L. 2006. The Antebellum Library of John Richard Edmunds. Master's Paper, University of North Carolina.
Jefferson Davis. Shotgun's Home of the American Civil War, 22 Nov. 2003. Web. 24 Feb. 2010. http://www.civilwarhome.com/jdavisbio.htm .
Schott, Thomas E. Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.
U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses for Allen T. Caperton. 44th Cong., 2nd sess., 1876-1877. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1877.

Scope and Content

This item is a Virginia Confederate election ticket from the Confederate presidential election held on November 6, 1861. The ticket contains twenty names. It includes presidential candidate Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi and vice-presidential candidate A. H. Stephens, of Georgia. In addition, it includes candidate names for the sixteen districts of Virginia, as well as Virginia state representative candidates John R. Edmunds, of Halifax and Allen T. Caperton, of Monroe.


The collection is arranged by material type

Related Material

Bullets, Ballots, and Rhetoric: Confederate Policy for the United States Presidential Contest of 1864, by Larry E. Nelson. Spec Civil War E458.4 .N42

Index Terms


  • Civil War
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Contents List

Folder 1
Election ticket, 1861.