"Grand Procession of Wide Awakes at New York," Harper's Weekly, October 13, 1860

Rally for Lincoln

To generate voter enthusiasm for Lincoln, the Wide-Awakes staged dramatic nighttime parades illuminated by six-foot-long kerosene torches. They wore glazed caps and oilcloth capes to protect themselves from the dripping hot oil and sparks that shot off the torches as they marched with precision through the streets.