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The rival sandwich-men

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David B. Hill places a cap labeled "Gen'l Jones" on an old man's head and hands him a sword labeled "Baltimore Blade." The old man is wearing a sandwich board that states "Hill and Jones Political Outfitters, Opposition to Monopoly in the Hero Line! - Look at our War Record before purchasing elsewhere! - Try Jones's Baltimore Brand! Jones pays the freight!!! - Don't Forget that Jones is a General, too." Hanging on the right are "Hancock's Uniform" and "Sheridan's Uniform." In the background is another old man wearing a cap labeled "Gen'l Carr" standing outside the office of "Davenport and Carr Political Outfitters." He is wearing a sandwich board that states "Carr's Pat. B. Shirt - Dont deal with Traitors and Rebels! - Patronize the Old Veteran!" Mounted on the board is a bloody shirt. Caption: D. B. Hill "Here, Jones! - be a veteran, can't you? You sail out there, too, and do some hero business for me and yourself!"

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Veterans; Signs and signboards; Elections--U.S. states; Generals; New York (State); Hill, David B. (David Bennett), 1843-1910; Jones, Aquilla, 1836-1888; Carr, Joseph Bradford, 1828-1895

Date: 1885-10-28

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to James Grant Wilson

Description:

Commissioner Roosevelt inquires if General Wilson will be visiting Washington, D.C., in the near future.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Meetings; Travel; Generals; Scheduling; Veterans

Date: 1890-02-21

Progress and poverty - a decoration day study

Description:

Waves of veterans march through a memorial arch on "Decoration Day," carrying banners that state, "We will continue to save the country, so long as there is a dollar in the Treasury" and "Army of Pensioners." On the right, Uncle Sam is wearing tattered clothes and sits on a step with the U.S. Capitol in the background. He is holding out his hat labeled "Deficit" and a sign that states "I Am Busted."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Pensions; Debts, Public; Beggars; Veterans

Date: 1895-05-29

The new South - the triumph of free labor

Description:

African Americans and Civil War veterans appear among a crowd that passes a statue of Abraham Lincoln on their way to the Cotton States Exposition visible in the background, labeled "Prosperity." In the left foreground is a large man labeled "Free Labor" standing with the tools of labor.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cotton States Exposition; Veterans; African American agricultural laborers; Southern States; Georgia--Atlanta

Date: 1895-10-23

In memory of the Grant monument dedication, April 27th, 1897

Description:

A large angel of peace stands atop a monument labeled "Grant," on which a Union veteran and a Confederate veteran are placing wreaths labeled "North" and "South."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Memorials; Monuments; Peace; Veterans; Angels; Dedications

Date: 1897-04-28

Our national dime museum

Description:

A bloated Civil War veteran sits on a chair beneath a sign that states, "How the Fatman has grown. Number of Pensioners over 30 Years After the Close of the War 976,014. Number in waiting 200,000." On display next to him is Uncle Sam sitting on a chair beneath a sign that states, "The Living Skeleton. He has run behind $46,000,000 in 5 months and the Fatman keeps on Worrying him." At the base of the pedestal where they are sitting is a sign that states, "What it cost to raise Him. Pensions appropriation in 1866 $13,500,000... in 1897 $142,000,000. Unless policy is entirely changed it will soon require - $160,000,000."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Veterans; Pensions; Obesity

Date: 1898-01-05

The pensioner's "widow"

Description:

A very old soldier labeled "Pensioner War of 1812" walks with a much younger woman wearing her wedding dress, on their way to the church in the background to get married. Between them they hold a "Pension Certificate 'And in Case of My Death Pay to My Widow'."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Veterans; Weddings; Fraud

Date: 1898-02-09

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

Assistant Secretary Roosevelt has asked the Secretary of the Navy to reassign William Sheffield Cowles away from the South. Roosevelt is increasingly concerned over Anna Roosevelt Cowles' health, as well as that of Theodore Roosevelt Jr. and Edith Roosevelt. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Military orders; Military pensions; Health; Diseases; Convalescence; Influenza; Headache in children; New Jersey--Atlantic City; United States. Department of the Navy; Cowles, Wm. S. (William Sheffield), 1846-1923; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948

Date: 1898-04-01

Memorial Day, 1899 - three veterans under one flag

Description:

Print shows a veteran Confederate soldier on the left and a veteran Union soldier on the right shaking hands with a veteran of the Spanish-American War in the center.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Spanish-American War (1898); Veterans; Memorial Day; Older people; Handshaking; United States; United States--Confederate States of America

Date: 1899-05-31

The cause of it

Description:

Print shows Puck talking to a veteran of the Grand Army of the Republic and gesturing toward a shark in the background wearing a military uniform, holding a gaff, and standing on the steps of the "Pension Agency" where a sign hangs that states "Pensions for Everybody. Apply Early. War Record Immaterial."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Veterans; Swindlers and swindling; Sharks; Fraud; Grand Army of the Republic

Date: 1899-08-09

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