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Campaign Torches Campaign Torches

Campaign torches were used in a variety of political campaigns from the mid-1830's until the 1880's. Their popularity reached its apogee during the Lincoln-Hamlin campaign of 1860. When organizations of young men rallied to a political cause by donning military-style uniforms and marching in step through the streets, they carried many types of torches. These both literally and symbolically lighted their paths. Like the military-style garb of the marchers, these torches often took on the appearance of implements of war, such as pikes, battle axes, or rifles.

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