"[Lot of 2] Map of Charleston Harbor S.C. [and] Chart of the Eastern Extremity of Fort Reef, Charleston Harbor, S.C. Exhibiting the Location of Fort Sumter... [on sheet with] Plan and Sections Presenting a General View ... Fort Sumter", Bowen & Co., John T.
Subject: South Carolina
Period: 1860 (circa)
Publication: American State Papers (ASP) Military Affairs
A. Map of Charleston Harbor S.C., hand color (22.6 x 17.6"). This uncommon chart shows the approaches to Charleston. It was first published in 1835 and republished in the American State Papers. Using a scale of 4 inches = 1 mile, it served as the basis for subsequent maps of the Coast Survey. A key in the lower left says "The curves drawn in red represent lines on the bottom of the harbor at the depths of 6, 12, 18, and 24 feet below mean low water. The part of the Harbor where the water is 18 feet deep is colored with India ink. The surface always covered with water is colored blue. The surface between high and low water marks is colored with bistre." Shows drainage, vegetation, cultivated areas, swampland, roads. The forts are prominently featured, and nine inch circles delineate the range of their guns. Fort Sumter, with smaller guns, uses six inch lines to show their range. Condition: A nice example, issued folding, with light toning at top, minor offsetting, and one tiny split at a fold intersection. Binding trim at lower left.
B. Chart of the Eastern Extremity of Fort Reef, Charleston Harbor, S.C. Exhibiting the Location of Fort Sumter... [on sheet with] Plan and Sections Presenting a General View of the Actual Condition of the Foundations of Fort Sumter, black and white (24.0 x 10.5"). This chart accompanies the map above and shows the position and foundation of Fort Sumter. Condition: Issued folding with light offsetting and a fold separation that extends 1.5" into the image repaired on verso with archival tape.
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