The League Give Their First Shore Dinner

"The Republican League club held their first shore dinner last night at Hill's homestead at Savin Rock. About half a hundred members of the club were present and many more who had gone out of the city to escape the suffocating weather sent their regrets... The regular shore dinner was served in elaborate style, consisting of: Little neck clams, stewed clams, bluefish, fried clams, broiled oysters, soft shell crabs, cold lobsters, champagne, appollinaris. The champagne had to be furnished by the club, as nothing could be bought of that kind at the shore."

The Wide-Awakes of Connecticut: A Most Remarkable Scene

"The successful presidential campaign of Republican Abraham Lincoln perfected the nighttime torchlight parade as an entertainment of unprecedented scale that attracted the attention of men, women, and children. The concept originated in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1858, and was revived for Lincoln’s campaign by the city’s young Republicans. Tailored oil-resistant enameled cloth capes distinguished the marchers, some of whom were too young to vote. Their example spread from Hartford to cities in the northeastern United States, which contributed traveling companies totaling some ten thousand uniformed men with torches to a Grand Procession in New York City on October 3, 1860."