Harper’s Weekly – October 15, 1864

After Blacks began fighting for the Union and were captured, Jefferson Davis refused to exchange them, especially former slaves. Lincoln took a firm stand on principle and all exchanges stopped. In a satirical vignette in The Chicago Platform, a critically important 1864 pre-election cartoon, Nast showed a Union general imploring a “Man for Man” exchange while his Confederate counterpart thumbed his nose at him; ex-slaves were not men to be exchanged.