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  2. Lincoln in Cartoons: Through the Years

This Reminds Me of a Little Joke

Creator:
Harper's Weekly
Location:
New York, New York
Origin Date:
1864
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 4 13/16 in x 4 7/8 in
Item ID:
71.2009.081.2833
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Fine Art

Description

This wood engraving is an illustration clipped from the September 17, 1864, issue of Harper's Weekly. The political cartoon depicts President Lincoln holding General George McClellan in his palm. Lincoln had relieved McClellan of his command in November 1862, after McClellan showed reluctance in pursuing and defeating the Confederates. At the time of this cartoon, McClellan was Lincoln’s opponent in the 1864 election, though he had been slow to start campaigning following his nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Lincoln joked at the time that McClellan’s delays, so similar to his hesitations in battle, meant the general was “intrenching.” The cartoon references this quip with the shovel held by McClellan. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum