What your favorite historic map from the Civil War era?
1.The map Jed Hotchkiss made of the Shenandoah Valley
2. The Paine map of Gettysburg
ditto on the Hotchkss maps, self-taught map maker/engineer … and a transplanted upstate New Yorker.
Before Rand — McNally, it was James T. Lloyd who provided the maps required by the travelling public. Also, in most Civil War movies produced prior to 1970, it is the map at the attached link that is hanging on the wall in the commanding officer’s quarters: https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3860.cw0014300r
Bermuda Hundred. It has been invaluable in the study of that campaign and our local preservation efforts.
While not historical, I personally loved the American Heritage maps with all the little men, so resonant will playing with toy soldiers!
Any battle map with a modern map overlay…its a interesting perspective especially when visiting and there is an ever growing commercialization of hollowed ground…
Check out my comment about the Elliott Map 🙂
The Michler map of Richmond, it shows incredible detail: fortifications, but also individual houses, gardens, alleys, etc.
The map of the Washington defenses in the OR Atlas, plus the charts of the Battles of Molbile Bay and the Kearsarge-Alabama engagement.
William Feis’s map of Missouri in 1861. I am still not sure where he found it.
Hotchkiss’ Map of the Valley
I like the SG Elliott maps of Antietam and Gettysburg because, while they may overstate the number of burials, help to fix the earthworks and fighting clusters
Elliott burial map at Gettysburg.
The Hotchkiss map of the Valley. Saw it on display at the Library of Congress.
The maps William Merrill directed for his subordinate division level topographical officers of the Army of the Cumberland especially during the Tullahoma campaign. They went out as skeleton maps with question marks indicating areas of focus. Weekly the subordinates provided topo intelligence which was added to the maps & distributed to brigade level commanders as continuously updated maps.
I agree that the Elliott burial map of Gettysburg is my favorite (and it is exciting that one from Antietam was recently discovered). It helps to remind us of the human cost of battle, the scale of the violence, and to visualize what the enormous amounts casualties looked like to those who were there. To read more, I recommend the book “A Soldier’s Grave: Original Burial Sites on the Gettysburg Battlefield” by Bob Wasel and Mimi Johnson-Bolsler, illustrated by Val Spindler. This short book takes the Elliott map and overlays the burial sites over modern day roads, adding additional perspective when you visit. How many times have you driven through a civil war mass grave? Many times, apparently!
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