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Creator Role

lithographer; publisher; artist


Serving as an allegory for the Civil War, the chromolithograph is critical of the Buchanan administration, Jefferson Davis, and the Confederacy; Columbia is at the center with Justice and Abraham Lincoln at her sides; Other principal figures (from left to right) are: Jefferson Davis, James Buchanan, his secretary of war John B. Floyd, Gen. Winfield Scott, and various figures exemplifying the generosity and suffering of the Northern citizenry; The left foreground is filled with Confederate soldiers, some of them engaged in tearing the Union flag from the hands of other soldiers; In the background are scenes of war; In contrast, on the right, the sun rises over mountains in the distance beyond a prosperous countryside

Description Source

Library of Congress. (accessed June 7, 2018)


Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

ca. 1865


21 1/2 X 27 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

ink on paper


Recto, at bottom: Entered according to Act of Congress AD 1865, by Kimmel & Forster in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of New York. / THE OUTBREAK OF THE REBELLION IN THE UNITED STATES 1861. / NEW YORK PUBLISHED BY KIMMEL & FORSTER, 254 & 256 CANAL ST.


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

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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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The Outbreak Of The Rebellion In The United States  1861



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