1861 Harpers Weekly View of the Chesapeake Bay and Vicinity

ChesapeakeBay-harpers-1861
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Pictorial Map of the Seat of War, Showing Parts of the States of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina, and also the Coast Line From Cape Henry to Fort Pickens, With the United States Blockading Fleet.
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1861 Harpers Weekly View of the Chesapeake Bay and Vicinity

ChesapeakeBay-harpers-1861

A remarkable view drawn at the open of the American Civil War.

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Title


Pictorial Map of the Seat of War, Showing Parts of the States of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina, and also the Coast Line From Cape Henry to Fort Pickens, With the United States Blockading Fleet.
  1861 (dated)    14 x 20.5 in (35.56 x 52.07 cm)

Description


An uncommon and interesting view and map of the Chesapeake Bay and vicinity drawn just after the 1861 outbreak of the American Civil War. Oriented to the south, this view covers from the entrance to the Susquehanna River at Perryville and Havre de Grace to Cape Henry at the mouth of the Bay and Fort Jefferson along the Virginia Coast. The map includes the embattled cities of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond as well as numerous smaller towns. The Union Naval blockade along the coast and at the mouth of the Chesapeake is also in evidence. Possibly the work of Charles Magnus, this map was issued in the June 8, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly.

Cartographer


Harper's Weekly (1825 - 1916), subtitled "A Journal of Civilization" was a weekly political magazine and news journal published out of New York City. The Harper brothers, James, John, Joseph and Fletcher, began publishing in 1825. Inspired by the London Illustrated News, they created Harper's Weekly in 1857. The important weekly journal witnessed some of the most important moments in history from the American Civil War, to the serialized publishing of Dickens novels, to the inventions of the modern Santa Clause by illustrator Thomas Nast. Harpers continued to publish until 1916. The Harper name is still alive in the magazine business to this day.

Source


Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1861, p. 360-361.    

Condition


Good condition. Typical wear on original centerfold. Even overall toning.