While she has been largely replaced by "Lady Liberty," Columbia was a common nickname for the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the following political cartoon, published on December 1, 1864 in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, Columbia is offered the choice between a United States under the leadership of the two presidential candidates in the 1864 election. She must decide whether to navigate the "Abyss of War" via the path offered by Abraham Lincoln or General George B. McClellan, while French emperor Napoleon III and John Bull (Great Britain) offer opinions. Notice that Columbia is the bearer of American principles such as the "Rights of Man," the "Constitution," and "Laws" and that the American Eagle takes refuge in her shadow.
Signpost: "The only way to Union-City is through War."