Campaign Parade Torch, 1868

Description:

The successful presidential campaign of Republican Abraham Lincoln perfected the nighttime torchlight parade as an entertainment of unprecedented scale that attracted the attention of men, women, and children. The concept originated in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1858, and was revived for Lincoln’s campaign by the city’s young Republicans. Tailored oil-resistant enameled cloth capes distinguished the marchers, some of whom were too young to vote. Their example spread from Hartford to cities in the northeastern United States, which contributed traveling companies totaling some ten thousand uniformed men with torches to a Grand Procession in New York City on October 3, 1860. The martial spectacle—including fireworks, Lincoln “Wide Awake” transparencies, and floats—created envy among the city’s Democrats, and panic among southern sympathizers who regarded the torch-lit parade as a provocation.

This double wicked torch is from 1868.

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsUsed: Parades

Subject:

See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Exhibition: American Democracy

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1868.H07Catalog Number: 227739.1868.H07Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: Torch

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 in x 7 in; 22.86 cm x 17.78 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-6023-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_529190

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