"By the way this puts me in mind of a little story in Esop's Fables"


Creator Role

repository author publisher


The print is a reproduction of an illustration originally appearing in Frederick Leypoldt's 1863 publication, Ye Book of Copperheads. In the illustration, Abraham Lincoln's head is mounted on a nail file. A copperhead snake is shown with its body wound around the file and biting the file's shaft. During the Civil War, Copperhead, a snake with a predisposition to strike without warning, was a nickname given to Peace Democrats who opposed the war and called for reconciliation between the North and South.

Description Source

Internet Archive. https://archive.org/stream/yebookofcopperhe00lela#page/5 (accessed August 2, 2018).


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date



8 X 10 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

photographic paper


recto, in cartoon: "By the way this puts me in mind of a little story in Esop's Fables" / There once was a Copperhead vile, who attempted to damage a file, / So he tried it in truth, but soon broke every tooth / On that rust and crusty Old File. / 5 verso, on stamp: PRINT FROM PHOTOGRAPH / in possession of the Lincoln / National Life Foundation / Fort Wayne, Indiana / Identification Number 903


Copperhead movement; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Work Type

political cartoon--reproductive print




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Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)


Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

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