|Cotton will defeat "Ape Lincoln"
I often describe patriotic covers as "1860s bumper stickers" to spectators who come by our tent. By that I mean for their time and culture these envelopes presented in a popular art form the political messages of their times, and people responded by buying and mailing these political statements.
There is a Union cover, printed by Upham, that is counter-point to this Confederate cover using the same picture but with the mocking notation "Jeff. King of the Cotton plant-nation on his throne". Upham reflects the Northern counterpoint that cotton will not be the savior the South thinks and will regret allowing Davis to rule them. It's always interesting to see these dueling political covers.