Battlefield Analogy


 "Unconditional Surrender Grant"
  Cartoonist:  Thomas Nast
  Source:  Harper's Weekly
  Date:   November 21, 1868, p. 745

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
This companion piece to "Both Sides of the Question" shows the battlefield aftermath of the political contest for president. On the center-left, a wounded Seymour presents his sword-"The Lost Cause"-to the victorious Grant, who holds aloft the olive branch of peace. Outgoing president Andrew Johnson (left-front corner) is supine on the ground, having lost his crown. New York Times founder and editor Henry Raymond cries over King Andy's body. Raymond's initial strong support of Johnson gradually waned until finally the Times endorsed Grant.

In the center, former Confederates Raphael Semmes and Nathan Bedford Forrest carry away an injured, but still-antagonistic, Frank Blair. The Democratic newspaper editors warming their hands around a fire (right-front corner) are (l-r): Marcus "Brick" Pomeroy of the New York Democrat; James Brooks of the New York Express; Benjamin Wood of the New York Daily News; and Manton Marble of the New York World.













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