Commander in Chief & Great Emancipator


A Dispatch from Little Mack. "Still waiting for more reinforcements!!!" [1862]. Pencil and wash on paper.

The artist of this pencil and wash portrait of Lincoln is unidentified.  The drawing shows Lincoln as a frustrated commander in chief dealing with General George B. McClellan (1826-1885), whom the president had placed in command of the Army of the Potomac. Although McClellan proved to be an able administrator and was loved by his troops, he procrastinated more than he fought the enemy.  He was constantly asking Lincoln for more reinforcements, although he outnumbered opposing forces by significant numbers.

Lincoln Collection. Abraham Lincoln, Miscellaneous Papers, IV (102). Source unknown.