A proper family re-union

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A proper family re-union


Arnold, Benedict,--1741-1801.
Libby Prison--1860-1870.
Davis, Jefferson,--1808-1889.
Andersonville Prison--1860-1870.


A biting cartoon showing Confederate president Jefferson Davis in league with both the devil and Revolutionary War traitor Benedict Arnold. Arnold and Davis stir a cauldron of "Treason Toddy," a brew into which the devil drops miniature black slaves. The devil holds a pitchfork and gloats, "I feel proud of my American sons--Benedict and Jeff." Davis, dressed in a bonnet, shawl, and dress (see "The Chas-ed "Old Lady" of the C.S.A.," no. 1865-11), explains to his fellow traitor, "Well, Arnold, the C.S.A. [Confederate States of America] are "done gone" so I have come home." Arnold greets him, "Welcome, Davis! Thou shalt be warmly received by thy father." At the cauldron base, marked "1865," lie two skulls, marked "Libby" and "Andersonville,"--no doubt intended to represent Union victims of the two notorious Confederate prisons Libby and Andersonville. Copperheads writhe on the ground. Near Davis's feet are a bag of "Stolen Gold" and a valise marked with his initials and "C.S.A. 1865."


Zac, Burgoo


Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, American cartoon print filing series, PC/US - 1865.H293, no. 3 (A size) [P&P]


American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1865-12.




Michelle Epps


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Zac, Burgoo , "A proper family re-union," in Ohio Civil War 150 | Collections & Exhibits, Item #1758, http://www.ohiocivilwar150.org/omeka/items/show/1758 (accessed October 7, 2015).

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