Rare map from the early days of the Civil War, issued in Boston by Prang

L. Prang & Co., DISTANCE MAPS…. Map of the ATLANTIC STATES…. [Map of the] BATTLE GROUND…. [Map of the] FORTRESS MONROE… Boston: L[ouis] Prang & Co., [prob. August-September] 1861.
Three-stone lithograph, 22 ¾”h x 16”w at sheet edge. Toned, with some discoloration at far lower right, mended tear at top edge, and other edge wear.

A richly-detailed broadside providing a cartographic overview at the outset of the Civil War, no doubt churned out in haste to meet demand for a reading public hungry for maps to put the disturbing war news in context.

A railroad map of the country in three colors occupies the center of the broadside, flanked below by maps of the areas around Manassas, Virginia and Fortress Monroe at the mouth of the James River, also in three colors. At top left and right are detailed plans of the Federal and Confederate positions at Bull Run and of Fortress Monroe. Along the left and right borders are tables listing the populations of major cities and towns, of the states and territories, and of slaves in each slave state and territory. Concentric circles centered on Washington, D.C. give distances from that national capital.

The broadside was likely published in August 1861, after the shocking Confederate victory at the July 21 Battle of Bull Run but prior to the October 24 vote that effectively established West Virginia, which is not shown.

Rumsey #5440. Stephenson, Civil War Maps, #14.9.15. OCLC #43788026 gives examples at the Library of Congress and Penn State only, while another is held by the Leventhal Center at the Boston Public Library (Both the LC and BPL examples have large areas of loss.) Oldmaps.com lists but a single example having been offered on the antiquarian market in recent decades.