One of the more interesting things I have been researching lately are the pro-Lincoln clubs known as the Wide-Awakes. They were groups of young men (maybe a few women snuck in as well) who wore black capes (see above) and marched silently, but in cadence, to show support of their candidate.
There were thousands of these guys! They marched at night, and held oil-burning lanterns on sticks above their heads (again, see above, right). The best image I have seen of them is in the TV-movie North and South. The 2 main characters are in DC, I think, and a large group of Wide-Awakes marches past in the background. I am a little fuzzy on this, so if anyone knows more . . .
Only one book has been written strictly about them, and it is from the late 1860s.I am having a difficult time finding it so far.
Pretty strange. But cool strange.