Campaign Torch, 1860

Campaign Torch, 1860

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
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
Object Name
date made
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
gold (part: mount, gimble color)
white (mount, gimble color)
metal (overall material)
painted (mount, gimble production method/technique)
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Carl Haverlin
Political Campaigns
See more items in
Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Government, Politics, and Reform
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object