The True Issue or "That's What's the Matter"

Creator: Edwin Forbes

Context: This political cartoon supported General George McClellan's campaign for the Presidency in 1864. It shows McClellan stopping Lincoln and Jefferson Davis from tearing apart a map of the United States. McClellan ran on a platform that emphasized ending the war without abolishing slavery.

Audience: This cartoon was published by Currier and Ives, which produced cheap and popular pictures designed to reach a wide audience.

Purpose: To promote McClellan as the leader most capable of ending the Civil War.

Historical Significance: This pro-McClellan cartoon serves as an important reminder that there was opposition to Lincoln in the North as well as the South throughout much of the war. The election of 1864 appeared to be very close until the Union Army captured Atlanta in September, which strengthened support for Lincoln.