The New Orleans Plum

Happy Friday! This week’s Friday Funny is an 1862 cartoon entitled, “The New Orleans Plum.”

A contemporary take on the famous Mother Goose tale, “Little Jack Horner,” this illustration casts President Abraham Lincoln as Jack Horner who is seemingly stuck in a corner by the Civil War. Despite the rising cost of war and an inability to end the war quickly, a smug looking Lincoln has avoided eating his “humble pie”—in this case, admitting defeat—courtesy of the Union victories at Shiloh and New Orleans.

Image Credit: Punch, Volume 42, May 24, 1862.

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