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Auction 163, Lot 244

"[Lot of 2] Map of the Defences of the City of Mobile [and] Rebel Defences Mobile Alabama Occupied by Union Forces Under Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby Comdg.", U.S. War Department

Subject: Mobile, Alabama

Period: 1866 (published)

Publication: Report of Chief Engineer U.S.A., 39th Congress, 1st Session

Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 11 inches
38.9 x 27.9 cm
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This terrific pair of maps focus on Mobile, Alabama during the Civil War. The first (in hand color) covers Mobile Bay in excellent detail with several small bays identified within. Obstructions, fortifications, floating batteries, lines of entrenchment, and a Spanish fort are shown. It also identifies the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, St. Stephens Road, a telegraph road, and the nearby town of Blakely. The second map (in black & white) zooms in on Mobile, which is depicted in grid-like plan form. Once again the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, various roads, and the city's fortifications are located. The coat-of-arms for the Army Corps of Engineers is shown next to each title. These maps are plates No. 9 and No. 10 from the report and are early published Civil War maps; most reports and maps withheld publication until the 1890's to allow time for the national wound to sufficiently heal before a public discussion of the conflict. Printed by Bowen & Co.

A.Map of the Defences of the City of Mobile. Condition: Issued folding, now flattened and backed with thin, archival tissue to repair fold separations and a tiny hole at a fold intersection. There is light toning along the folds and a binding trim at bottom left that has been replaced with old paper with a portion of the neatline replaced in facsimile.
B. Rebel Defences Mobile Alabama Occupied by Union Forces Under Maj. Gen. E.R.S. Canby Comdg.. Condition: Issued folding with light toning and a few short fold splits.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 445.

Condition: B+

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Estimate: $140 - $180


Closed on 6/14/2017