Sean Sullivan, one other re-enactor, who lives in Greenlawn, N.Y., on Lengthy Island, has an equivalent tattoo on his left forearm. (The 2 males know one another, however had been till not too long ago unaware they had been tattoo twins.) Mr. Sullivan, too, is especially taken with the Broad Awakes’ aesthetics.
The unique Broad Awakes wearing oilcloth to guard themselves from dripping lantern gas, however c’mon, Mr. Sullivan mentioned: “They in all probability simply did it as a result of it seems to be good with the reflections. You realize, all of the torches, they’d march at nighttime, they’d shoot fireworks. You examine how the sunshine reflecting off of the oilcloth was actually one thing that they favored.”
In 2018, Mr. Sullivan put collectively a handful of like-minded associates to do a re-enactment of the Broad Awakes for the Remembrance Day parade in Gettysburg, held yearly in mid-November in observance of the anniversary of Lincoln’s well-known deal with. He was a driving pressure behind a small, non-public Fb group of some dozen who had been planning to march as Broad Awakes this 12 months as effectively, however the parade was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When informed concerning the new Broad Awakes, Mr. Sullivan — who wore his personal Broad Awakes T-shirt to a Black Lives Matter protest in Greenlawn in June — was delighted by “a motion to assist create political and social adjustments, which is what the unique Broad Awakes had been doing,” he mentioned. “I believe it’s a bunch that Lincoln might get behind.”
Mr. Sullivan even obtained right into a bar combat defending the unique Broad Awakes’ honor at Remembrance Day final 12 months. Two Accomplice re-enactors, “good outdated boys,” he mentioned, noticed the tattoo on his forearm.
“They began verbally attacking me for being pro-Union,” he recalled. “A few of these Misplaced-Causer re-enactors that really feel the warfare continues to be happening, you recognize, ‘heritage not hate’ and all that stuff. They felt the necessity to get verbally loud with me. And it was a bit intimidating.”