Lincoln Campaign Flag, 1864

Lincoln Campaign Flag, 1864

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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
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
banner, flag
date made
by 1864
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Johnson, Andrew
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
ID Number
PL.227739.1864.C01
catalog number
227739.1864.C01
accession number
227739
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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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