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Senora C. Moon paper

 Collection — Folder: S0977
Identifier: S0977

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a three-page paper describing an 1860 Lincoln rally at Warsaw, Indiana. On September 25, 1860, Senora rode on a float in Warsaw, Indiana, twelve miles from Milford where she lived. Senora carried the white flag for New York, because that was the home state of her grandmother, Abigail Egbert. She and the other girls were told to stand up, when given a signal, and shout: “Rah for Lincoln and Hamlin.”

Senora’s father, Dr. Edward Higbee, was a Republican, an abolitionist, and a campaigner for Lincoln. “He thought the country would go to the dogs if Lincoln were not elected.” Her parents made flags to use in the rally.

Senora tells this story: “A smart boy called my Father an Abolitionist. I slapped him. I asked Mother if Abolitionist was a bad word. ‘No,’ she said. ‘It means freeing the slaves.’ I felt ashamed and gave the boy five sticks of peppermint candy and a big bellflower apple from our tree.”

Other groups in the parade were boys dressed as Indians, Wide-Awakes in oil-cloth capes and caps carrying torches, small string bands, six young ladies on horseback and others.


  • 1936


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Senora Cornelia Higbee Moon was born in Milford, Kosciusko County, Indiana, in 1852. She was the daughter of Dr. Edward Higbee, a physician and a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. She was eight years old when she participated in a parade described as “A Lincoln Rally,” which is the title of her three-page paper. Her aunt Mary Alice Egbert made a wreath for Senora’s hair with white wax berries and pink ribbon.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Amy C. Moon on 1936/11/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2012/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Senora C. Moon paper
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.