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1864 Republican ticket

Courtesy of the California Historical Society, San Francisco

The image adoring the Republican Party’s counter-ticket for President Lincoln and Andrew Johnson is both strange and familiar. It is a version of Thomas Crawford’s bronze statue, Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace, which had been placed atop the newly completed dome of the US Capitol on December 2, 1863. She remains there today, generally referred to now as just Freedom. She is newly restored, with her military helmet topped by eagle head and an umbrella-like display of feather. Her sword is sheathed; the Republican political artist one year later made it clear that the war for Liberty and the Union would continue under President Lincoln. This image would have been remarkably familiar to voters so soon after the dramatic attachment of this statue to the very top of the US Capitol.

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