8 results, ordered by Publication Date

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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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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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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1862 Charles Joseph Minard map of the Civil War-era cotton trade

Charles Joseph Minard map of the Civil War-era cotton trade

A great rarity of thematic mapmaking: a Charles Joseph Minard “flow map” tracking the impact of the American Civil War on the global cotton trade. Minard was one of the great 19th-century innovators in what Edward Tufte has called the “visual display of quantitative information.” Over the course of a quarter century he produced dozens of […]

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Joseph G. Bruff / Lith. of P.S. Duval, ARMY MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR IN VIRGINIA, SHOWING THE BATTLE FIELDS FORTIFICATIONS etc. on & near the POTOMAC RIVER. New York: J. Disturnell and Washington, D.C.: Hudson Taylor, 1862.

A rare and patriotic 1862 map of the Seat of War in Virginia

A rare and patriotic 1862 map showing the progress—or lack thereof–of the Union war effort in the border region around Washington D.C. and the Potomac River. The map provides a beautiful and detailed depiction of the contested Potomac River border region during the first year of Civil War. It emphasizes the topographical and man-made features […]

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German-language map of Grant’s Overland Campaign

An extremely rare broadside map of the Richmond, Virginia area, published for by G.W. Colton 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. […]

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