9 results, ordered by Publication Date

A National Political Map from the fraught campaign of 1856

A rare propaganda map issued during the 1856 presidential campaign, suggesting the threat posed by the extension of slavery into the West after the Kansas-Nebraska Act. The 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act established two new territories and repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which had hitherto prohibited slavery in the Louisiana Purchase north of 36° 30’. Instead, […]

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A striking and unusual depiction of the seat of Civil War in the Middle Atlantic States, extending from the southern reaches of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to northern Carolina, and west to the Ohio River watershed.

Striking Civil War bird’s-eye view of the Middle Atlantic

A striking and unusual depiction of the seat of Civil War in the Middle Atlantic States, extending from the southern reaches of New Jersey and Pennsylvania to northern Carolina, and west to the Ohio River watershed. Stephenson’s Civil War Maps correctly points out that the image “is a map and not a bird’s-eye view,” though […]

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Chart of South Carolina-Georgia coast, rushed into print for the Civil War?

A trove of information, this chart includes immensely detailed soundings; navigational hazards; navigational aids such as lighthouses and light ships; and sailing directions. Also provided is detailed topographical and cartographical information on the adjacent coastal regions, at times extending well inland. An earlier version of this chart printed on thin paper were bound in the Report […]

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Confederate plan of First Bull Run

A rare Confederate plan of the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major encounter of the Civil War and an infamous disaster for the Union. Almost certainly published within weeks of the battle, it has a wonderful immediacy to the events depicted, and though rather crudely executed is replete with information. This is one […]

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Case map of eastern Virginia, for use by commanders in the Union Army

An impressive Civil War map of southeastern Virginia, compiled by the Topographical Engineers for use of commanders in the Union Army. The map shows cities, towns, and settlements; waterways, bridges, roads and railroads; and other details such as fortifications around Richmond, plantations along the James (including Carter and Westover), and slate quarries and gold in the […]

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Exceptional Alabama and Mississippi map prepared for the Union Army

Rare map of southern Alabama and Mississippi, drawn for the Union Army during the American Civil War. At the outset of the Civil War, it became apparent to the Union leadership that there was a lack of reliable maps available. They soon turned to the Coast Survey, which at the time was the most sophisticated […]

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One of the most important printed maps of the Civil War

This brilliantly conceived work was “the principal reference map for all field commanders in the initial stage of the Union campaign to capture Atlanta” (Stephenson.) One of military history’s great campaigns, the battle for Atlanta followed the Union victory at Chattanooga in November 1863. The first order of business was the preparation of an accurate […]

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German-language map of Grant’s Overland Campaign

An extremely rare broadside map of the Richmond, Virginia area, published for New York’s German population during Grant’s Overland Campaign of May-June 1864. The Overland Campaign of the Civil War began in May 1864 and entailed almost two months of nonstop, bloody fighting at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor and elsewhere. Union casualties were […]

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