Detail from the cartoon, "The New Era or the Effects of a Standing Army." Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division,
Bloodhounds are minor but memorable characters in this 1840 lithograph vilifying the Van Buren administration for its efforts to reform the militia system by instituting a system of military reserves. Soldiers carry off a civilian at bayonet point, warning him that his days of constitutional rights are over. In the background bloodhounds receive instruction from a drill sergeant, recalling recent events in Florida.