Auction 110, Lot 221

"[Lot of 2] Map of the Battle Field of Gettysburg July 1st, 2nd, 3rd 1863…by Authority of the Hon. the Secretary of War", U.S. War Department

Subject: Pennsylvania

Period: 1912 (published)


Color: Black & White

23.7 x 25 inches
60.2 x 63.5 cm

These maps are reprints of this remarkable Civil War battlefield map first published in 1876. First map is subtitled "First Day's Battle" and second is "Second Day's Battle." The 1876 versions were reduced from one drawn in 1863 that is in the Archives of the Chief of Engineers. The survey was ordered by Brevet Major General A. A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers, and conducted under Brevet Major General G. K. Warren, Major of Engineers. The troop positions on this map were compiled and added by John Badger Bachelder (Boston, MA) for the 1876 edition. These are extremely detailed topographic maps with spot elevations and contours for every change of 4 feet in elevation. Details drainage, vegetation, roads, railroads, fences, houses with names of residents, and a detailed plan of the town of Gettysburg. Notes at upper right indicate that "Every object is represented here as near as possible as it was at the time of the battle." A detailed analysis of the deployment of the various units of both armies, with the names of commanding officers, period of time spent in a particular position, and other pertinent information given. Dotted lines and arrows indicate troop movement, and their positions at various times of the day. This reprint doesn't carry the full clarity of the original, but is still quite legible. Printed by U.S. Lake Survey Detroit Michigan. This edition not noted in Stephenson. Third Day's Battle is not included here.


Condition: A+

Folding as issued. Printed on fine banknote paper.

Estimate: $80 - $120

Sold for: $160

Closed on 3/2/2005