As I work on a project today concerning the presidential election of 1868, I am struck by both the Republican and Democratic campaign posters. Both show a strong commitment to American nationalism and virtue and of course, both show dedication to the late Union war effort. This was an easy one for Ulysses S. Grant, who after all, was second only to Lincoln in the Union hero pantheon. But illustrating dedication to cause was a little more touchy for Horatio Seymour, a New York career politician who supported the war effort but was highly critical of Lincoln’s conduct during the war. This, at least partly, explains his vice-presidential choice: Union army veteran Frank P. Blair. I’ll be posting more of these on Twitter as the day goes on so be sure and check them out.