Map of the Southern States, including Rail Roads, County Towns, State Capitals, Country Roads, the Southern Coast from Delaware to Texas, showing the Harbors, Inlets, Forts and Positions of Blockading Ships.
1863 (dated) 21 x 31 in (53.34 x 78.74 cm)
1 : 2970000
An impressive and informative 1863 map of the Southern States of the United States at the end of the American Civil War. The map covers from the Chesapeake Bay to, roughly, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and westward along the Gulf Coast as far as Galveston, Texas. An inset sub-map of southern Florida appears in the lower right quadrant. The map is surrounded by an elaborate military themed border with corner medallions bearing portraits of some of the major Union players in the war: Abraham Lincoln, William H. Seward, Winfield Scott, and George B. McClellan.
The map, as the title suggests, focuses on transportation networks, towns small and large, and harbors. The locations of various ships associated with Scott's blockade of southern ports are noted. One of the better maps of the Confederacy at the end of the American Civil War. There are several variants on this map, including two editions with different content and titles published in Harper's Weekly. Published for Harper's History of the Great Rebellion, issued in December of 1863.
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.
Harper's History of the Great Rebellion, 1863.
Good condition. Backed on archival tissue. Wear and some loss along original centerfold. A couple of minor wormholes.
Stephenson, Library of Congress Civil War Maps (2nd ed.), 37. OCLC 222028701.