Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson Campaign Torch, 1864

Summary

Late-nineteenth-century political parties rallied their supporters by holding torchlight parades. In the evening, marchers lit up the street carrying torches, lamps and lanterns. Many of these political lanterns glowed with slogans and patriotic symbols. Supporters of President Lincoln and the Union would have carried this torch during the 1864 campaign.

Late-nineteenth-century political parties rallied their supporters by holding torchlight parades. In the evening, marchers lit up the street carrying torches, lamps and lanterns. Many of these political lanterns glowed with slogans and patriotic symbols. Supporters of President Lincoln and the Union would have carried this torch during the 1864 campaign.

Artifact

Torch (Lighting device)

Date Made

1864

Subject Date

1864

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

69.145.7

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Glass (Material)
Tin (Metal)
Paper (Fiber product)

Color

Blue
Red

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 in

Width: 5.25 in

Length: 5.25 in

Inscriptions

On paper insert: UNION Printed at bottom of paper insert: ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN THE YEAR 18__ FRANCIS MORANDI IN THE CLERKS OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF MASS.

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