Civil War Era

 “Central Park in Winter”
  Source:  Harper’s Weekly
  Date:   January 30, 1864, pp. 72-73

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
Greeley’s debut in Nast’s cartoons for Harper’s Weekly occurred in the January 30, 1864 issue.  In the lower-right corner of the central tableau of “Central Park in Winter,” Greeley and New York Herald owner-editor James Gordon Bennett Sr. provide comic relief as ice skaters.  Wearing a Scotch cap, the Democratic Bennett, who had been challenging President Abraham Lincoln’s capability to serve a second term, has fallen heavily near a crack in the ice marked “Danger.”  Seeing the peril, Greeley digs in his heals and fights for balance.  The Tribune editor had also expressed reluctance about a second term for Lincoln (for different reasons than Bennett), but eventually endorsed the president’s reelection.



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