The tide turned considerably in the “3rd Round” of J. H. Tingley’s five envelope cartoon series depicting a fight between President Lincoln and Confederate States President Jefferson Davis. In this round of the fight Lincoln is holding Davis around the neck while confidently glaring towards Davis’s retreating supporters. The dogs in the bottom right corner which for the last two rounds had been watching the fight calmly are now seen retreating over the flag of the Confederacy. The Union soldiers are poised for a charge and the cannons have been fired. As Davis’s supporters flee so do the Europeans, who are seen drifting away from the Confederate side.
The “4th Round” envelope shows the Union soldiers withdrawing after a successful fight along with Lincoln proclaiming ,“I have taken the world by surprise.” Secretary of State Seward and General Winfield Scott stand in the center of the ring. Secretary Seward asks Scott, “General where is secession now?” General Scott replies with his right hand pointing down at the grown, “Don’t you see that greasespot?”
The fifth and final envelop of J. H. Tingley’s series features President Lincoln surrounded by “The Champion Belt” in front of a pyramid of the states topped by an American flag. Supporters in each corner representing the areas of the country hold their hats in their hands and cheer. Lincoln proclaims, “You shall have my impartial, constitutional and humble support.” On the left side the cannons extend a warning, “Traitors Beware!! For We Still Live.”