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Captured at Last (June 3, 1875). Phil. Sheridan. "I am not afraid."

  • ARTIST: Thomas Nast

  • PUBLISHER: Published by Harper's Weekly. June 5, 1875.

  • MEDIUM: Wood engraving,

    DATE: 1875.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 10 7/8 x 9 1/4" (27.6 x 23.5 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Philip Sheridan was married on June 3, 1875 and Thomas Nast made this cartoon as much to commemorate the event as to tease the former Union general for his marriage and political ventures.<br><br> Sheridan has been captured by an army of cherubs. The two behind him have bound his hands in garland and the one before him has dragged him to "The Union Alter" with a garland chain. A cherub above him is about to strike with an arrow and another, standing on the alter, readies his bow. Each wears a hat reading "Banditti," referencing the Louisiana White League with whom he had been combating. The posters on the alter read, "wedding rings must not be broken" and "To be shot on the spot this [heart sign] is the spot. Unconditional Surrender." A cherub wearing glasses hold a paper reading "Court (ship) Marshal." A flag hanging above Sheridan's head reads "Union for Ever," referencing the post Civil War government and his marital union.


  • CONDITION: Good condition, save for foxing in the margins.