Title: The old bull dog on the right track|
Creator(s): Currier & Ives.,
Date Created/Published: [New York : Currier & Ives], c1864.
Medium: 1 print on wove paper : lithograph ; image 25 x 40 cm.
Summary: An election year cartoon measuring Democratic
candidate McClellan's military failures against the
recent successes of his successor, Ulysses S. Grant.
At right Grant, portrayed as a bulldog wearing a collar
labeled "Lieut. General" and epaulets, sits pugnaciously
on the tracks of the "Weldon Railroad," a Confederate supply
route. He looks to Republican presidential incumbent Abraham
Lincoln and boasts, "I'm bound to take it." Grant refers to
the city of Richmond, here represented by a doghouse, in which
cowers Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Davis, flanked
by his own generals Lee (left) and Beauregard, remarks, "You
aint got this kennel yet old fellow!" Several other dogs hide
behind the house. At far left a dwarf-like McClellan asks
the president, ". . . don't you think you had better call
the old dog off now. I'm afraid he'll hurt those other dogs,
if he catches hold of them." Lincoln answers, "Why little Mac
thats the same pack of curs, that chased you aboard of the
Gunboat two years ago, they are pretty nearly used up now. I
think its best to give the old bull dog full swing to go in
and finish them!" Lincoln refers to McClellan's failure to
counterattack during the Battle of Malvern Hill in 1862.
(See "The Gunboat Candidate at the Battle of Malvern Hill," no. 1864-17.)
In contrast, Grant aggressively advanced his army toward
Richmond, hoping to force a decisive battle.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-8826 (b&w film copy neg.)
LC-DIG-pga-04960 (digital file from original item)
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
Call Number: PGA - Currier & Ives--Old bull dog... (B size) [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs
Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Title from item.
Currier & Ives : a catalogue raisonné /
compiled by Gale Research. Detroit, MI :
Gale Research, c1983, no. 4939
Weitenkampf, p. 126
Wilson, p. 294-295
Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876
Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1864-18.
Lee, Robert E.
Richmond, Va., Confederate capital.
Grant, Ulysses S..
Malvern Hill, Battle of.
McClellan, George B., presidential candidate.
Cartoon Prints, American
Popular Graphic Arts
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