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[Lith. of Julius Bien], Map of the Rebel Fortifications at Columbus Ky. Surveyed under the direction of Brig. Genl. Geo. W. Cullum Chief of Staff & Engineers Dept. of the Mississippi. [New York? 1862.]

Union map of Confederate Fortifications at Columbus Kentucky (1862)

Rare plan showing the Confederate fortifications at Columbus, Kentucky, a focal point of action in the Western Theatre early in the Civil War. Located on the east bank of the Mississippi, Columbus offered a strategic location, with high bluffs overlooking the river and lying at the northern terminus of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. It […]

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1863 Progress of the Union Armies broadside

1863 propaganda broadside with map of Progress of the Union Armies

A powerful 1863 broadside marshaling recent events, statistics and a striking persuasive map to demonstrate recent progress of the Union armies in the field and forcefully rebut Copperhead attacks on the Union war effort. This broadside was probably issued at a high point for the Union in the late Summer of 1863, following among other […]

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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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An interesting “persuasive map” on an 1864 National Union Party broadside

A broadside issued in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln’s National Union Party, featuring an interesting persuasive map showing the progress of the Union Army since 1861. The Republican Party fractured during the Civil War, with one wing breaking away in 1864 to establish the Radical Democracy Party with John C. Fremont as its presidential candidate. In […]

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“The end cannot be doubtful”

The Republican Party fractured during the war years, and in 1864 radical Republicans established the Radical Democracy Party and nominated John C. Fremont as their presidential candidate. In response pro-Lincoln Republicans rebranded themselves as the “National Union Party” in order to facilitate a coalition with northern War Democrats. At their June 1864 convention in Baltimore […]

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James Wyld, WYLD’S MILITARY MAP OF THE UNITED STATES 1861

Scarce British map confusing slaveholding and secession

A scarce map of the United States published in London in May 1861, particularly notable for its misrepresentation of the Secession Crisis that sparked the Civil War. The Crisis was of the utmost interest in Great Britain, where public opinion was deeply divided regarding whether to recognize the Confederacy. Many were appalled by the continued […]

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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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Compiled by T.S. Hardee, C.E. / Lith. and Pub. by H. Lewis, 22 St. Charles St., BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS FOR FREEDOM September 14, 1874. New Orleans: H. Lewis, 1874.

The 1874 New Orleans White League revolt, with fascinating provenance

A dramatic and extremely rare battle plan of the 1874 White League Revolt in New Orleans, published within weeks of the events depicted. With provenance to the family of an important participant. Background The revolt had its origins in the disputed Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1872, in which Republican Senator William Pitt Kellogg took office […]

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Drawn by H. Lindenkohl / Cha[rle]s G. Krebs Lith., HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE REBELLION. Washington: U. S. Coast Survey, ca July 20 1863.

Rare Civil War persuasive map making the case for the Anaconda Plan

A scarce and unusual 1863 persuasive map by the U.S. Coast Survey showing the progress of the Union’s so-called ” Anaconda Plan ” for winning the Civil War. As war with the Confederacy loomed in early 1861, Union leadership under General Winfield Scott drew up what came to be known as the Anaconda Plan. This […]

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