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The print is a reproduction of an 1864 political cartoon. In the cartoon, Abraham Lincoln is shown holding a plaid Scotch cap on a battlefield surrounded by dead and wounded soldiers. He asks one to sing "Picayune Butler" or something funny. The cartoon is anti-Lincoln and echoes contemporaneous news reports that reported Lincoln allegedly joking while visiting the Antietam Battlefield and his supposed disregard for the well-being of soldiers. The print is organized and stored in a black album with other reproductive prints. bitterly anti-Lincoln cartoon, based on slanderous newspaper reports of the President's callous disregard of the misery of Union troops at the front. The story that Lincoln had joked on the field at Antietam appeared in the "New York World." Holding a plaid Scotch cap (see "Abraham's Dream--"Coming Events Cast Their Shadows Before,"" no. 1864-42), Lincoln stands on the battlefield at Antietam, which is littered with Union dead and wounded. He instructs his friend Marshal Lamon, who stands with his back toward the viewer and his hand over his face, to "sing us P̀icayune Butler,' or something else that's funny."
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
8 X 10 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
verso, on stamp: PRINT FROM PHOTOGRAPH / in possession of the Lincoln / National Life Foundation / Fort Wayne, Indiana / Identification Number 576
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
political cartoon--reproductive print
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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