Abraham Lincoln's 1858 Speech in Lincoln, IL

The painting depicts the rally on Oct. 16, 1858, when Abraham Lincoln stood on the steps of the Logan County Courthouse before a large crowd of 5,000. Lincoln was in a hotly contested run for the Illinois U.S. Senate seat against Steven A. Douglas.  Lincoln won Logan County, lost Sangamon County and lost that race, but then became the next U.S. president.  Fifty wagon loads of Mt. Pulaskians in addition to walkers and those riding horses and buggies attended the rally - perhaps 400 - 500 in all.  Note the sign that reads: "Mt. Pulaski for Old Abe" [lower right corner].  This painting was unveiled at Lincoln College in January, 2009.