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Chromolithograph depicting an idealistic scene where the North and South reconcile after the Civil War. In the image, Abraham Lincoln is shown extending his hand to Jefferson Davis. Gideon Welles and Williams H. Seward are shown standing just behind Lincoln. Behind Davis stands Robert E. Lee, an enslaved person, and two unknown gentlemen. At the image's center, Liberty is seated in a small temple, which is adorned with the names of the U.S. states. Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman are shown adding the names of the seceded states to the temple. In the left-side background (Lincoln's side), a peaceful scene is depicted where a farmer plows his field. To the right (Davis's side), chaos and violence ensues. The border of the image also reflects the difference between the two sides. The left pictures prosperous olive branches and oak sprigs while the right features thorns. Four vignette images are featured at each side of the border: at the top an enslaved person is shown being whipped; at the right two soldiers are shown fighting; at the bottom a farm scene is depicted; and at the left a man is shown fishing.

Description Source

Holzer, Harold, Gabor S. Boritt and Mark E. Neely, Jr. The Lincoln Image: Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print. New York: Charles Scriber's Sons, 1984. Figure: 74. The Library of Congress. (accessed March 5, 2019).


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date



17 X 19 inches (approx.)

Materials and Techniques Display

paper (fiber product); chromolithography


recto, below image: Published by Henry & Wm. Voight / Entered according to Act of Congress in the Year of 1865 by Henry & Wm. Voight in the Clerks Office of the Southern District of New York / Lithogr. by Kimmel & Forster 256 Canal Str. N. Y. / THE LAST OFFER OF RECONCILIATION / IN REMEMBRANCE OF PREST. A. LINCOLN'S . "THE DOOR IS OPEN FOR ALL." / Dedicated to the Memory of our most lamented late President Abraham Lincoln.


Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

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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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The Last Offer of Reconciliation



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