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"Lieut. Genl. Ulysses S. Grant U.S.A."

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This image from 1865 of the Union's leading general, Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) is typical of the kind of patriotic images sold and distributed during the Civil War. Above his head are allegorical images. To the left, Treason stands holding a torch and flail in either hand. Snakes writhe in her hair. She stands atop burning books, symbolizing the destruction of reason, and she is chained to dogs of war. To the right stands Loyalty surrounded by the images of science and reason, holding a United States flag. Just behind her feet lies a fascia, a Roman symbol of unity. The U.S. capitol building is behind her. Beneath the portrait are depictions of Grant's most stunning victories, to the left at Fort Donaldson in February, 1862; to the right, the town of Vicksburg in July, 1863. In the center bottom, beleaguered Union troops fight to protect "Our Flag."


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