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In New York City, Republican "Wide Awakes" brawl with Bell supporters on Broadway

John Henry Hobart Ward, detail
09/25/1860
Outside their campaign headquarters on Broadway in New York City, the Republican uniformed "Wide Awake" club were dedicating a Lincoln-Hamlin "pole" when dozens of Bell and Everett supporters arrived on the scene.  Insults were exchanged and a large brawl ensued.  Leader of the "Wide Awakes" in this engagement was Army veteran J.H. Hobart Ward who later went on to command a brigade at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and notably, at Gettysburg.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Fight between Wide-Awakes and Bell and Everett Men," New York Times, September 26, 1860, p. 1. 

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