A dramatic apotheosis, commemorating Horatio Seymour's 1862 election as governor of New York. In the center is a bust portrait of Seymour with the word "Union" below. Above him in the sky is Liberty or Columbia, borne aloft by an American eagle clutching an olive branch in his talons. She holds a fasces and a staff with a liberty cap. The eagle is flanked by two putti trumpeting the news.
Below Seymour are portraits of several New York notables, Martin Kalbfleisch (mayor of Brooklyn), banker and diplomat August Belmont, lawyer James Reed, and publisher August Marpe. Others identified in the margin below are: Isaac G. Boyce, M. Cassidy, A. H. Ostmeier, M. Speyer, L. A. Phillips, B. W. Osborn, C. Godfrey Gunther, John R. Giles, J. R. Steers, M. F. Brannan, W. Tryon, F. J. A. Boole, G. C. Howard, and E. O. Bernet.
In the lower portion of the picture are three scenes, perhaps having associations for Seymour's heavily Catholic constituency. In the center men in shackles bow and look upward imploringly toward Seymour; at left a group of men are baptized in a river; and at right soldiers in medieval dress, with crosses on their tunics, pursue a man and a woman with a babe in her arms.