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"Leaders of the Democratic Party" newspaper clipping

 Collection — Folder: OBD036
Identifier: OBD036

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a newspaper clipping portraying "Leaders of the Democratic Party" circa 1868, during the 1868 U.S. presidential election, depicting Horatio Seymour, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Raphael Semmes, and Wade Hampton III.


  • circa 1868

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

Horatio Seymour was the Democratic nominee for U.S. president in the election of 1868. He lost to Ulysses S Grant. Other prominent figures of the Democratic Party who are portrayed were Nathan Bedford Forrest, Confederate general, first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and delegate to the 1868 Democratic Convention; Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS Alabama; and Wade Hampton III, Confederate officer and chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party central committee in 1868.


"A searing, election-year indictment of four prominent figures in the Democratic party, three of them former Confederate officers. Former New York governor and Democratic presidential nominee Horatio Seymour is portrayed as a "rioter." Standing in a burning city, he waves his hat in the air while he steps on the back of a crawling figure. In the background a corpse hangs from a lamppost. Between 1862 and 1864 Seymour had opposed Lincoln's war policies, and he was branded as instigator of the 1863 New York draft riots. (See "The Meeting of the Friends, City Hall Park," no. 1863-12.) Below the portrait are inflammatory passages from his speeches. Tennessee general Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the Ku Klux Klan, and infamous for his role in the massacre of surrendered Union troops at Fort Pillow, is called "The Butcher Forrest." He waves a flag labeled "No Quarter" and fires a pistol. Extracts from reports of the Pillow massacre are given below his picture. Confederate admiral Raphael Semmes is portrayed as a pirate, wielding a knife in one hand and holding aloft a flaming torch in the other. Behind him flies a flag with a skull and crossbones. To the right a family cowers in fright. Semmes was the scourge of Union shipping during the Civil War. Under his command the "Alabama," a British-built ship, captured sixty-two merchant vessels, most of which were burned. An excerpt from Semmes's July 1868 speech at Mobile, Alabama, appears below this image. Confederate cavalry officer Wade Hampton appears as a hangman. He holds his plumed hat at his side and wears a uniform embossed with a skull and crossbones and a belt inscribed "C.S.A" (Confederate States of America). In the distance three Yankee soldiers hang from a gallows."

Excerpt from: "Leaders of the Democratic Party..." Library of Congress. Accessed December 8, 2021.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 extra-large oversize folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Sue Howe on 1922/05/24.


No further additions are expected.

Historical Context Note

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Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/08 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/08 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2022/11/16 by Brittany Kropf.
"Leaders of the Democratic Party" newspaper clipping
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