The Copperheads, of course, are not pleased either with my preaching or with the election results. But they know I do it heartily, good-naturedly, & have no personal spite against them….
Cornwall did well [in the election], considering the copperheads worked so & hauled in the Irish
& German set almost entirely.
I am not sorry that Bill was defeated. He is about the right spirit to be Copperhead: Poorly informed, Selfish, & willful & easily prejudiced – the opposite of what is good, …deserting the house of God – of course he will slide easily into deserting his country. With little true moral principle or any principle but selfish, he is the material out of which copperheads are made.
~ Rev. Stephen Fenn to his brother, Cornwall, April 13, 1863 (Courtesy of The Connecticut Historical Society)