University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
  ↳ The old soldier (Springfield, Ill.)

Published in 1840, the semi-monthly Old Soldier was designed in part to combat Old Hickory, a Democratic campaign newspaper also published in Springfield to support Martin Van Buren’s bid for reelection. Each four-page issue is filled with copies of Harrison’s qualifications, his speeches, letters to the editor, and editorials supporting “Old Tippecanoe,” Harrison’s nickname earned from his 1811 victory over the Shawnee and other American Indians at the battle of Tippecanoe in the Indiana Territory.