Campaign Torch, 1860

Description
Abraham Lincoln's 1860 campaign encouraged the use of massive, emotionally charged political parades. One observer wrote that the "Torch-light procession is undoubtedly the largest and most imposing thing of its kind ever witnessed in Chicago. Unprejudiced spectators estimate the number at 10,000. Throughout the whole length of the procession were scattered portraits of ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Banners and tranparencies bearing Republican mottoes, and pictures of rail splitters, were also plentifully distributed. Forth-three bands of music were also in the procession."
Gift of Carl Haverlin, 1962
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1860
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
gold (part: mount, gimble color)
white (mount, gimble color)
metal (overall material)
painted (mount, gimble production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
ID Number
PL.240719.01
catalog number
240719.01
accession number
240719
Credit Line
Carl Haverlin
subject
Political Campaigns
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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