For Governor, Maj. Gen. John W. Geary. [1866 Political Campaign Broadside]
Rare patriotic 1866 political campaign broadside urging votes for John W. Geary (1819–1873), running for Pennsylvania governor against his opponent Hiester Clymer and Clymer’s white supremacy platform.
Geary was the first mayor of San Fransisco, California and had also served as a territorial governor in Kansas, but it was his (in general) heroics during the Civil War that secured his political victory, approximately one year after the War’s conclusion. Geary had gained recognition by chasing Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley, leading his brigade at the Battle of Cedar Mountain and Chancellorsville, and participating in Gettysburg, the Battle of Lookout Mountain, the entire Atlanta Campaign, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and the Carolinas Campaign. Further, Geary was tasked with overseeing the surrender of Savannah, Georgia. He was seriously wounded numerous times.
The broadside’s graphic shows a soldier in his Union blues, undeniably patriotic as he holds the standard bearing a massive American flag. At his feet, a cannonball is slightly buried into the ground. The cannonball likely references to Geary’s bravery as he fought through cannonball injuries at the Battles of Cedar Creek and Battle of Chancellorsville in Spring 1863 in Virginia.¹
One copy at The Huntington.
Description: For Governor, Maj. Gen. John W. Geary. [1866 Political Campaign Broadside]
Philadelphia: [Published by the Union League?], King & Baird, Printers, No. 607 Sansom Street, . p. Broadside. Approx. 20½ x 14½ inches. Colored lithograph. The lithographic illustrations are completely, though very neatly, hand-outlined in pencil; hand-dated in pencil below imprint. Creases, old fold lines, old staining in unprinted areas; numerous old tape mends to verso; heavily worn with small losses; a fair copy of a rare political item.
Note. 1. Civil War on the Western Border accessed online. Ref. Chronicle of The Union League of Philadelphia, 1862 to 1902 (Philadelphia, 1902), p160, number 40, “Soldier and Flag” (“Union League posters, lithographs, etc.”)