Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scott's great snake

Let's stick with the Civil War-era editorial cartoons as a weekly feature for a while.  Here's one that depicts a plan for a 3,500-mile-long Union blockade of Confederate shores and ports as a constricting anaconda.  The "Scott" in the title is Winfield Scott who was the commanding officer of Federal troops at the start of the Civil War.  Lincoln chose a direct attack on Virginia rather than Scott's slower blockade plan, but that resulted in defeat.  By Fall of 1861 Scott resigned and was replaced by McClellan.

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