Auction 127, Lot 275

"Chickamauga Battlefield Sketched by J.C. McElroy of the Ohio Commission Late Captain 18th Ohio Infantry",

Subject: Georgia

Period: 1895 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

29 x 18.8 inches
73.7 x 47.8 cm

Detailed map and 18-page booklet that gives an account of this bloody Civil War battle. The uncommon map of the battlefield of Chickamauga is filled with detail of buildings and landmarks, showing the locations of Union and Confederate troops during the battle from a sketch by J. C. McElroy. Legend uses color and line to differentiate the Federal and Confederate lines on the two days of action. It locates Lee & Gordon's Mill, numerous individual homes with owner's names, the location of Sheridan, Stewart's Division, and many, many more. The forces of the Army of the Cumberland (Union) and the Army of Tennessee (Confederate) met in battle at Chickamauga September 18-20, 1863. Confederate General Bragg hammered a weak point in the defensive line of Union General Rosencrans, driving one-third of the Union army and its general from the battlefield. General Thomas assumed command and tried to retake the battlefield, but was unable to take it and retreated, leaving the victory that day to the Confederates. A very handsome map with blue and red overprinting, Victorian-style titling, compass rose, vignette, and a very fine border. Lithographed by the Henderson Lithographic Co. Map is folded, but not attached to booklet, apparently as issued as there is no evidence of previous attachment. The guide was prepared by General H.V. Boynton.


Condition: A

Map is fine. Red cloth cover is slightly rubbed with stain at lower right corner and a short split at bottom of spine.

Estimate: $200 - $250


Closed on 2/25/2009