Lincoln Campaign Flag, 1864

Description:

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

Subject:

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a3-789f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_529726

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