Lincoln Campaign Flag, 1864


Campaign flag supporting Republican candidates Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

Lincoln had good reason to doubt his chances for reelection. No president since Andrew Jackson in 1832 had won a second term.

The Democratic Party nominated Gen. George McClellan, whom Lincoln had removed from command. McClellan ran on an anti-Lincoln and anti-Emancipation Proclamation platform and left open the possibility of a negotiated peace with the South.

As the election approached, Union triumphs on the battlefield helped propel Lincoln to victory. He declared the election results a mandate to press on for an unconditional victory and a constitutional amendment to end slavery.

Gift of Ralph E. Becker, 1974

Date Made: by 1864

Associated Person: Lincoln, AbrahamJohnson, Andrew

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Political Campaigns


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection


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Related Publication: Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life

Credit Line: The Ralph E Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1864.C01Catalog Number: 227739.1864.C01Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: banner, flag

Physical Description: cotton (overall material)red; white; blue; black (overall color)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 8 in; 27.94 cm x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_529726

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