Thomas Nast, a staunch supporter of Ulysses S. Grant, drew Columbia pinning a medal onto the lapel of General Grant in this 1868 Harper's Weekly publication. With the support of Columbia, the allegorical figure of the U.S., Nast is portraying Grant as the best and honorable candidate for the Republican presidential nominee. Next to Columbia lies her shield and sword on top of a tomb of the Union. In the background is an angel, hands raised above the heads of Grant and Columbia, blessing the union.

Chicago, May 21, 1868
Thomas Nast
Harper’s Weekly, June 6, 1868, Cover