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"The Forlorn Hope …"

Topic:
Peace Democrats and Copperheads
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Theodore Jones
Date:
October 29, 1864, p. 697
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The message of this cartoon is that the Democratic party is aiding and abetting the survival of the Confederate cause. Specifically, it is another critique of the Democratic party’s Chicago Platform which endorsed a cease-fire and negotiated settlement with the Confederacy. By the fall of 1864, hope for a Union military victory was bolstered by major victories over Confederate forces: General William Tecumseh Sherman in Atlanta; Admiral David Farragut in Mobile Bay; and General Philip Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley.
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