The "Southern Brigadier" as the Balance of Power in a "Loyal" Senate
Original Author: Unknown
Created: April 2, 1881
Medium: Woodcut

The Southern Brigadier” as the Balance of Power in a “”Loyal”” Senate“””

A political cartoon from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, published on April 2, 1881, depicts the newly elected U.S. senator William Mahone as controlling the balance of power in the Senate. Though a member of the biracial Readjuster Party, he caucused with the national Republican Party, which gave that party the majority and allowed Mahone to dispense patronage positions in Virginia. Mahone served as a brigadier, then major, general for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The cartoon's title notes the irony of a former Confederate giving power to the Republicans.

Citation: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, AP2 .L42, Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

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