The Richmond History Podcast

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Old General Ready For a "Movement"



This is an AMAZING political cartoon that I found on the Library of Congress web site.  Below is the “summary” from the LOC page.  Everything that needs to be said is in the word "movement" but the LOC summary is pretty good as well.

Confident Union propaganda from the summer of 1861, claiming dominance over Confederate troops led by generals P. G. T. Beauregard and Gideon Pillow. Union commander Winfield Scott sits on a mound in the center, holding a noose and awaiting the emergence of president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis from his "Richmond" burrow. With his feet Scott pins the tails of two foxes, Beauregard (on the left), near Mannassas Junction, and Pillow, near Memphis. The print was probably issued before the Battle of Bull Run, while Beauregard's troops were stationed at Manassas Junction, protecting the Confederate capitol at Richmond. Memphis was not won by the Union, however, until June 1862.

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