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“General Bombshells, the True Peace Candidate; or, the War Path the True One”

Topic:
Campaign Analogies: Military
Source:
Frank Leslie’s Budget of Fun
Cartoonist:
Unknown
Date:
November 1, 1864, pp. 8-9
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Published on the eve of the presidential election, the message of this Budget of Fun cartoon is that the war will be ended by Union military might, not a negotiated settlement proposed by Peace Democrats and enshrined in the Democratic national platform. Behind the striding cannon march Union officers (left-right): General Ulysses S. Grant, General William Tecumseh Sherman, and Admiral David Farragut. Bringing up the rear, the advancing Union troops sing, “We Are Coming Father Abram.” In the foreground, the animated Union cannon breaks the Confederate table, knocking off the Chicago platform and spilling ink on the papers of Democratic presidential nominee George McClellan. Confederate President Jefferson Davis is angered by the action, while John Bull (a symbol of Britain) scratches his head in shock. Congressman Fernando Wood, a leading Peace Democrat, seems to turn his body to join the fleeing Democratic press (left-right): Scottish-born James Gordon Bennett Sr., owner-editor of the New York Herald; a figure representing the Metropolitan Record, an Irish-Catholic weekly published in New York City; and, editor Manton Marble of the New York World.

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