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Punch: the London Charivari
September 3, 1864

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The American Juggernaut

war machine

Tenniel's view of the Civil War


In 1867, Federal troops were occupying the South to ensure compliance with Reconstruction efforts. The fire brigade here have been ordered by the military governor to carry a Union flag in their parade and the story [not shown] and headline about 'tyrannical military despotism' both indicate their indignation. The only non-grotesque figure is the Union amputee, firmly offering them the 'despised' flag.

Stonewall Jackson firefighters
Harper's Weekly, May 25, 1867



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