Maps and Atlases of the American Civil War
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by William J. Miller
Most people interested in the Civil War are fascinated by maps - for
what they tell about the battles, for what they tell about the terrain,
and in some cases for their artistic beauty. But maps reproduced in
books have limitations and there is not a good way of preserving a map
collection - until now. Fifteen chapters in Great Maps of the Civil War
each contain two or three maps that can be pulled out of a pocket. Ten
of the maps are 18" x 24"; others are smaller. In addition to a
discussion of the battles and the roles of the maps, the book tells
about Civil War mapmakers and the methods they used.
by David Philips
Drawn from the vast resource of the Library of Congress historical maps division, this oversize, invaluable atlas offers a unique assortment of more than 150 full-color and black-and-white paintings, photographs and both specially commissioned and Civil War era maps. Through these indispensable images, travel the battlefields whose names are indelibly inscribed on the pages of American history. Organized by year and by the battles that occurred within each year, they present a comprehensive overview of the Civil War as a whole, showing how the fortunes of the North and South shifted as each conflict unfolded. Many of these maps are rare and never before published, and some were drawn by soldiers who actually participated in the battles in question. In addition, each battle receives in-depth coverage, with fascinating background history and tactical analyses.
by Richard O'Shea
Civil War is a cottage industry that began during the war and has
prospered ever since. In official reports and popular histories issued
after the war, numerous maps gave military movement and battles a
geographical clarity and purpose they often lacked for the soldiers
fighting. In this useful compendium of maps, largely made up of David
Greenspan's pictorial maps originally drawn for Bruce Catton's American
Heritage Illustrated History of the Civil War (1960) and various
hand-drawn and -printed wartime maps, the importance of maps in military
history and in the history of the war becomes evident. The maps cover 15
major battles/campaigns, from Bull Run to Nashville--each introduced by
a serviceable description of the engagement and supplemented by
illustrations. - Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
by Earl B. McElfresh
According to historian Stephen Sears in the introduction, this map collection is the most comprehensive one published since the 1890s. If so, it's a vital acquisition for the Civil War collection. That the originals of the 180 maps reproduced are in the hands of institutions and private collections enhances its impression of being a once-in-a-century resource. In addition to captioning the 180 images, McElfresh explains in a textual section the techniques of making military maps in the era and delivers summaries of the cartographic careers of their makers. Of course, there's Jed Hotchkiss, famous as Stonewall Jackson's topographer, but the acid aphorist Ambrose Bierce also appears in a surprise drafter's role. The maps themselves require close examination to appreciate their detail, perhaps enabling the viewer to imagine the commander debating the military value of a ford, a road, a wood, or a hill. Some are roughly drawn field maps; others are sharper prints put together in calmer post-battle circumstances. In either case, immediacy is the effect, a quality cherished by the buffs. - From The Booklist
by Michael Sharpe
Historical Maps of Civil War Battlefields provides a unique view of the war. In over 120 maps this historical record looks at the broad sweep of events from the Southern capture of Ft. Sumter through to the Battle of Gettysburg and Appomattox. Every map has been drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress and the National Archive.
by James M. McPherson (Editor)
Here is the definitive reference to the battles of the Civil War, written by America's leading military historians and edited by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War expert James M. McPherson. This authoritative volume includes gripping eyewitness accounts plus 200 specially commissioned, full-color maps that detail all of the major campaigns and many of the smaller skirmishes of the war between the states. Maps provide a superb visual reference to troop movement, battlefield terrain, and communication lines. Dynamic reconstructions depict battles fought on land, river, and ocean, and time-line descriptions provide play-by-play commentary of the action. With more than 200 photographs and many personal accounts that vividly recount the experiences of soldiers in the fields, this book brings to life the human drama that pitted the north against the south.
by James M. McPherson (Foreword), Steven E. Woodworth, Kenneth J. Winkle
Offering the clearest and most comprehensive examination of the conflict that transformed the United States, the Atlas of the Civil War reveals with immediacy the numerous dimensions of this historic confrontation. Surpassing the scope of any previously published single-volume work, this atlas pairs expert scholarship with bold mapping to vividly depict the ebb and flow of destruction and reconstruction. Divided chronologically into five sections, the Atlas of the Civil War illustrates every significant battle and military campaign while simultaneously considering the important social themes that shaped the country during the same time period. All theaters of war in which armies fought and maneuvered will be covered in detail and, marking a major departure from other atlases, this volume will devote substantial attention to the nonmilitary elements of the struggle between North and South. Maps of population, economic development, elections, transportation networks and patterns of enlistment illuminate the intersections between the home front and the battlefield, demonstrating with specially commissioned cartography that no war is fought in isolation from the rest of society. Approximately forty three-dimensional maps of terrain and troop movements add yet another unique element to this ambitious reference. Written by two esteemed Civil War historians, Kenneth Winkle and Steven Woodworth, the pithy text will be accented with black and white photography and illustrations that bring key characters and settings to life. Pulitzer-prize winning author James McPherson, will guide the project, setting the tone of the atlas with a foreword and five shorter essays the open each of the sections.
by by Mark Swanson, Jacqueline D. Langley (Illustrator)
This is the first Civil War atlas to depict multiple aspects of the
war's action, month by month, from April 1861 through May 1865. Fifty
full-color maps--one for each month of the war--convey as never before a
sense of the war's progression on all fronts--battles, sieges, infantry
campaigns, naval operations, cavalry raids, and even shifts of national
frontiers. One set of additional maps provides background into the
political state of the nation as it headed into the war; another set
covers the war as it was fought in the western reaches of the country.
The text on facing pages supports each map with extra facts and figures,
while the atlas's big 14 x 10 format allows for exceptional line
clarity, color, and detail.
by Thomas E. Greiss (Editor)
This atlas was especially designed for the cadets of the U. S. Military
Academy as an aid in their studies in the history of military art.
by Craig L. Symonds, William J. Clipson
Explains the principal campaigns and battles of the Civil War, from Fort Sumter to Appomattox, primarily from the point of view of the commanders in the field as they weighed day to day problems against the strategic imperatives of the war. The four- part text is subdivided by conflict, and is keyed to 49 full-page maps detailing battlefield events.