Scene in Richmond
Original Author: Unknown
Created: June 7, 1862
Medium: Engraving

Scene in Richmond, VA.

This political cartoon published in the June 7, 1862, edition of Harper's Weekly depicts the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, on a street corner in Richmond, standing next to a poster declaring "A Day of Fasting [and] Prayer." Davis fingers his prayer beads, though he has Satan-like horns on his head. Gaunt citizens in threadbare clothing and a half-starved dog look on. The caption says that Davis has declared "A Third Fast," notwithstanding the fact that "the sufferings endured by the people have never been paralleled in history."

Citation: Harper's Weekly. AP2 .H32. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.