Print, Civil War Political Cartoon


Title: The True Issue or “That’s what’s the matter”
Date: ca. 1864
Creator: Currier & Ives.
Description: A political cartoon where Union General George Brinton McClellan is portrayed as the intermediary between President Abraham Lincoln and Confederacy president Jefferson Davis. Gen. McClellan is in the center of the tug-of-war over a “Map of the United States”. He holds Lincoln (left) and Davis (right) 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!!”
Source: Library of Congress
Additional Information: lithograph print