1. Curated Grouping:
  2. Lincoln in Cartoons: Through the Years

The True Issue or "Thats What's the Matter"

Creator:
Currier & Ives
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1864
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 18 in x 22 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.0242
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

In a rare pro-Democrat cartoon presidential aspirant George Brinton McClellan is portrayed as the intermediary between Abraham Lincoln and Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. Gen. McClellan is in the center acting as a go-between in a tug-of-war engaged in by Lincoln (left) and Davis over a "Map of the United States." He holds the two men by their lapels and asserts, "The Union must be preserved at all hazards!" Lincoln tugs at the northern side of the map, saying, "No peace without abolition." Davis pulls at the southern portion, advocating, "No peace without separation!!" Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum.