Springfield in Sangamon County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Stephen A. Douglas
“Protect the Flag” Speech
In this Old Capitol on April 25, 1861, Senator Douglas delivered his “Protect the Flag” speech, one of the most heroic and effective speeches in the English language. His plea helped save our Country and was the culmination of his great career.
Erected 1961 by Springfield Historical Monuments Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1898.
Location. 39° 48.03′ N, 89° 38.906′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Illinois, in Sangamon County. Marker is on East Adams Street west of Sixth Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Springfield IL 62701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C. M. & S. Smith Store (here, next to this marker); The Bath & Barber Shop (here, next to this marker); Potawatomi Trail of Death (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District (a few steps from this marker); President-Elect Abraham Lincoln (a few steps from this marker); Departure Point of The Donner Party1859-1911 (a few steps from this marker); Soldiers of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Regarding Stephen A. Douglas. Published by the New York Times May 5, 1861, "Protect the Flag from every assault," [paraphrased] is only in the last line of his speech. However, it has become known over time as the theme of his speech.
Also see . . .
1. Statue of Stephen A. Douglas, Lincoln’s debate nemesis, removed from Illinois Capitol in Springfield. Chicago Tribune website entry (Submitted on July 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. April 25, 1861: Stephen A. Douglas: “Protect the Flag”. "The American Catholic" entry (Submitted on December 24, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,327 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. 3. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4. submitted on October 13, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.