Auction 133, Lot 288

"[Lot of 3 - Civil War Maps & Report]", U.S. War Department

Subject: Virginia

Period: 1865 (dated)

Publication: 39th Cong., 1st Session. Report of the Chief Engineers

Color: Hand Color

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These three Civil War maps are rarely offered together, especially with the related "Report of Lieutenant General U.S. Grant. Headquarters Armies of the United States, Washington, D.C., July 22, 1865." This is the complete extract of General Grant's report containing the final major events of the Civil War including Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House, and General Meade and Sheridan's report on the campaign at Richmond and Petersburg. The disbound report (pages 1099 to 1156) includes field reports from Major General Butler, Major General Halleck, Major General Hunter, Major General Sherman, Brevet Major General Terry and Brevet Major General Rawlins plus several more. This represents an early Civil War publication as most reports and maps were withheld until the 1890's to allow time for the national wound to heal sufficiently to allow for a public discussion of the conflict. The report pages are clean, fine.

1) Extract of Military Map of N.E. Virginia Showing Forts and Roads, (16.8 x 23.5"). Shows District of Columbia and street grids for Washington and Alexandria. Many of the forts and roads within the District are shown in color. Very detailed including forested areas and farmsteads. An important map for understanding the field of operations in northeast Virginia during the Civil War. It is the most interesting of the 14 maps included in the report of the Army Chief of Engineers and consequently often suffers abuse, this example being in fairly good condition. Close left margin, as issued.

2) Central Virginia Showing Lieut. Genl. U.S. Grant's Campaigns and Marches of the Armies under his Command in 1864-5, (22.8 x 31.3"). This large folding map describes the military actions in the region between Harper's Ferry in the north, Washington D.C., the James River and Petersburg in the east, and Stauton to the west. Lynchburg and Petersburg are the southern-most cities. Legend and overprinted color show the movements of the Secretary of War, and the various Corps of General Grant's Army, and more. Information includes roads, villages, railroads, watershed and the terrain in hachure. The coat-of-arms for the Army Corps of Engineers is below the title. This map is plate No. 11 from the report and is drawn on the scale of five miles per inch.

3) Region Embraced in the Operations of the Armies against Richmond and Petersburg, (24 x 32.5"). This large folding map focuses on the region between the two cities, both well shown in grid plans. Overprinted red and blue detail troop and battery positions. Information includes roads, villages, railroads, watershed and the terrain in hachure. The coat-of-arms for the Army Corps of Engineers is below the title. This map is plate No. 12 from the report and is drawn on the scale of 3/4 mile per inch. A little loss along one fold. (B)

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Condition: B+

Each map has varying amounts of fold toning, all with archival tape on verso to support some folds. All B+ except as noted in description.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $200

Closed on 9/1/2010

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