Miss Columbia, a symbol of the American people, confronts President Abraham Lincoln and decries the enormous human toll of the Civil War by demanding, “Mr. Lincoln, give me back my 500,000 sons!!!” Lincoln avoids her gaze and replies evasively despite the proclamation at his feet calling for more troops. Produced late in the Civil War, this print criticizes the president’s war policy. Artist Joseph E. Baker, produced many military prints for J. H. Bufford in Boston.