The original was burned in 1899 in the Calumet Club fire. Mrs. Hoyne explains that the foundation for this picture is an old chrome reproduction of the Healy painting on which Mr. Healy had himself painted in the faces and hands.
The painting depicts a March 27, 1865 meeting on board the "River Queen" near City Point, Virginia between President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses S. Grant, General William Sherman and Admiral David Dixon Porter. As symbolized by a rainbow in the distance, the Civil War was nearing its end with a victory for the North.
This painting depicts a key moment in Civil War history from a Northern perspective. It is a victorious depiction of President Abraham Lincoln, commander in chief, discussing war's end with his top military men.