Among Lincoln's strongest supporters in Hancock County, the Wide Awakes were showy but functional. Local political sentiments, however, were strongly Democratic in this part of the state. The Wide Awakes served as official escort for prominent Republican speakers like Abraham Lincoln, and as a security force keeping order in the often unruly political climate of the era.
Rare Lincoln-related artifacts exhibited in the Kibbe Hancock heritage Museum include a Wide Awakes ceremonial torch and oilcloth uniform in red, white and blue, plus the famous Sympson Doorway where Lincoln spoke while staying at his friend;s residence in Carthage. This Lincoln ambrotype may have been taken in Carthage by traveling photographer Charley Frost in October 1858, showing Lincoln as he looked at the time of his speech in Hancock County.
This unusual eighteen-star flag aligned Illinois with anti-slavery states. it was sewn by local Carthage ladies and hung over a hotel balcony to show support for Lincoln when he addressed supporters on the Carthage courthouse square in 1858. Along with many other local antiquities, these artifacts document the importance of political pageantry in the lives of nineteenth-century Americans and attest to the fact that Lincoln had many loyal supporters in Hancock County.
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|Series||This marker is part of the Illinois: Looking for Lincoln series|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:37am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 657866 N 4475465|
|Decimal Degrees||40.41485000, -91.13931667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 24.891', W 91° 8.359'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 24' 53.46" N, 91° 8' 21.54" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 306-398 Walnut St, Carthage IL 62321, US|
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