"[Lot of 2] Letter of the Secretary of the Navy... the Recent Engagements on the Mississippi River, Which Resulted in the Capture of Forts Jackson...[and] Sketch H Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section No. VIII…",
Subject: New Orleans, Louisiana
Period: 1862 (dated)
A. Letter of the Secretary of the Navy... the Recent Engagements on the Mississippi River, Which Resulted in the Capture of Forts Jackson..., by U.S. Navy Dept., from Sen Ex. Doc 56, 37th Congress, 2nd Session, hand color (6.1 x 9.6"). Very uncommon report on the capture of Fort Jackson and St. Philip which led to the capture of the city of New Orleans (the largest city in the confederacy). The two confederate forts located across the Mississippi River from each other were key to keeping New Orleans in Confederate hands. Once they fell to Farragut's fleet, New Orleans was lost. The report is accompanied by 3 maps (one partial) and two colored plates of the Ram Louisiana and the Ram Manassas, both Confederate ships. The 3 folding maps are General Sketch of Approaches to New Orleans (11.3x12.8"), Plan of Fort Jackson (10.5x16.8"), and Reconnoissance of the Mississippi River below Forts Jackson and St. Philip (9.5x10" - partial, full map measures 9.5 x 16.9"). Condition: Light toning and scattered foxing. The Reconnoissance map is missing the right third of the image, but with little detail lost. Disbound text is mostly clean with isolated foxing and a small damp stain along the fore-edge of the deckled sheets.
B. Sketch H Showing the Progress of the Survey in Section No. VIII from 1846 to 1862, by U.S. Coast Survey, black & white (33.2 x 19.5"). This large sheet contains three maps, two of which are included in the report above. The third map, on the right side of the sheet, shows the state of surveying from Lake Pontchartrain east to Mobile Bay. Condition: Issued folding with light toning along the folds and a binding trim at lower left.
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