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City: Atlanta, IL
This Looking For Lincoln wayside tells the story of the Atlanta Wide Awakes, a chapter of the "Wide Awakes" group formed on June 22nd, 1860, in Atlanta, Illinois. The "Wide Awakes" was political group established to support Abraham Lincoln. This group was primarily made up of young, unmarried men, marched through the streets of downtown Atlanta in support of their candidate in solemn, torch-lit spectacles. On August 8th, 1860, the Atlanta Wide Awakes joined a crowd of 80,000 people at the state capital to celebrate Lincoln's presidential nomination. At 10:00 A.M. that morning, a massive parade began with citizens from Atlanta in attendance carrying a banner depicting Abraham Lincoln as the "railsplitter" and his running mate, Hannibal Hamblin. Groups like the Wide Awakes served as poll watchers, to defend against purported attempts of ballot tampering by their political opponents. Other times they often gathered to sing political songs and rally the party faithful to the polls.