Thomas Nast's Original "Robert
E. Lee Pardon" Print
This is a touching and moving 1865
illustration by Thomas Nast. The print is another 11x16 Harper's Weekly
original, and shows one of the difficult and trying political debates of the
day. The image shows Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and other Southern
leaders bowing in submission to Columbia. The print is captioned, "Pardon,
shall we trust these men?" Robert E. Lee applied for but was not granted a
pardon following the war. The image is from shortly after the end of the
War, and shows Columbia pondering the fate of the Southern Patriots. After
the war, the Nation had to decide whether to restore these men's
citizenship, or just what to do with them. This print captures this
difficult and trying chapter of our Nation's history.
Jefferson Davis is presented, as usual by
Nast, as a rather Ghoulish figure.
This is another dramatic and patriotic Thomas
Thomas Nast "Pardon"
(Click on Image for Enlarged View)
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the Civil War works of Thomas Nast. We have created this digital
archive for the use of researchers and students of Thomas Nast. Please
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A Note to our Readers
We created this
Thomas Nast Gallery to digitally preserve Nast's Civil War work for
posterity. We are now making the original, 140 year old leafs
available for a price of $250 each. The proceeds from the sale of the
material will enable us to continue to expand the material featured on our
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