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1861, September 7th. Southern United States

Lloyd's map of the southern states

Lloyd's map of the southern states

A fine example of commercial cartography is “Lloyd's map of the Southern States, showing all the railroads, their stations & distances: also the counties, towns, villages, harbors, rivers, and forts…” first issued on September 7, 1861 by James T. Lloyd. In addition to the map of the South, Lloyd provides an extensive gazetteer on the verso describing each county’s geography, drainage, rail road lines, and major cities in the South, only six months after the war began...  Read More

1861, September 20th. Gloucester Point, Virginia

Gloucester Point Fort, Richmond, 20 September 1861

Gloucester Point Fort, Richmond, 20 September 1861

Maps of the Civil War ranged from small scale map of the entire South to large scale maps of small geographic areas. This star shaped fortification plan was located at Gloucester Point, directly across the York River from Yorktown, Virginia, the scene of the siege and surrender of British forces under General Cornwallis during the American Revolution, only 80 years earlier.  Read More

1861, October 21st. Ball's Bluff, Virginia

Plan of the Battle of Ball's Bluff Va. Fought October 21st 1861

Plan of the Battle of Ball's Bluff Va. Fought October 21st 1861

One of a series of maps produced by Robert Knox Sneden during the course of the war, this vividly colored map depicts “CSA” (Confederate States of America) troops surrounding and defeating Union forces just north of Leesburg, Virginia. A small Union cemetery is currently located on the site of the battle.  Read More

Lower Shenandoah Valley

Cover of notebook of William B. Luce, Union Topographical Engineer

Cover of notebook of William B. Luce, Union Topographical Engineer

One of the key elements to any wartime activity was gathering intelligence and, unfortunately, these exploits were not always successful. This field note book belonged to William Luce, Engineer of Captain J.W. Abert's party of United States Topographical Engineers. Luce and other Engineers traveled frequently performing reconnaissance duties...  Read More

Eastern Virginia

Map of Eastern Virginia,  1862

Map of Eastern Virginia, 1862

Conceived in 1861, this map did not appear until late 1862 and was published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, the same government agency preparing nautical charts for Union blockaders. This map of eastern Virginia is overprinted in red to indicate railroads and concentric circles centered on Richmond, the heart of the Confederacy...  Read More