The Vanishing Trick

The Vanishing Trick

Title: The Vanishing Trick

Year: 1862

Creator: Vanity Fair

Description: General McClellan, (The Wizard of the North.) — “Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, Look! As I put this extinguisher down, there they are, when I take it up they shall have disappeared!”

George McClellan stands in front of a platform holding a large cone. On the platform are many small soldiers with cannon and a flag bearing a skull and crossbones. Those people who had put their faith in McClellan as the leader of the Union armies believed that he could end the rebellion. Time would reveal that he was a cautious leader who sought to save lives rather than commit to crushing the Confederacy.