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J. Knowles Hare. "Johnson's Map of the Vicinity of Richmond, and the peninsular Campaign in Virginia. Showing also the interesting localities along the James, Chickahominty [sic] and York Rivers. Compiled from the Official Maps of the War Department." From New Illustrated Family Atlas. New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. Stone lithograph. Original hand color. Scattered spots, but overall very good condition.

Alvin J. Johnson began publishing his New Illustrated Family Atlas in 1860 and continued to publish it through the Civil War years to 1865. Included in these atlases was a series of double page maps. This map shows detail of Civil War activity in Virginia from its tidewater region in the East, to Richmond in the West. Excellent detail of the three rivers mentioned in the title, as well as railroads, main roads and the Union Army's route of advance from Yorktown to Fair Oaks, then retreat via Charles City CH and advance to Malvern Hills, whence a retreat was then made to Harrison's Pt. & Landing. $275




"Johnson's New Chart of National Emblems." [Flags of the World]. Stone lithography (hand colored). New York: Johnson & Ward, 1863. 16 7/8 x 23 1/8. Center fold as issued. Slight browning. A few chips around the edges, else fine and bright.

Alvin J. Johnson began publishing his New Illustrated Family Atlas in 1860 and continued to publish it through the Civil War years and through to 1885. Many issues contained a double page such as this one illustrating flags of the world. The 1863 issue was one of the few which illustrated the flag of the Confederate States of America [top of bottom right quadrant] at a time when the Northern States did not recognize the Southern confederacy. Indeed, publishing sympathetic writings or pictures could be treasonous, thus a warning that this government was "so called"; is added to the description. Perhaps this phrase saved the publisher from a charge of sedition, but it also showed how Confederate warships and especially raiders were on the minds of the Northern public. The other flags reflect developments in various parts of the World. $225



Set of five maps of Atlanta Campaign

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "Map[s] Illustrating the Military Operations of the Atlanta Campaign..;1864. Compiled by the authority of the Hon. the Secretary of War in the office of the Chief of Engineers, U.S.A." New York: U.S.A. American Photo-Lithographic Co., [1874-1877]. Set of five maps. Original outline color. Minor staining along folds and slight chipping in the margins. Otherwise, very good condition, except as noted. Ref: Stephensen 131.

Each of these large maps provides excellent detail of the topography, transportation routes, troop positioning and town names of the region that served as the theatre for the dramatic events of the Atlanta campaign. Importantly, the maps provide an illustration of these central components of Confederate infrastructure which were the primary motivation to take Atlanta for the Union leadership. The extended strategic movements of the Federal and Confederate forces, beginning in May of 1864 and ending with the occupation of Atlanta in September of that year, are clearly marked throughout the maps. These maps, produced from the official government documents, are important historic artifacts of this decisive period in the Civil War.

Set of 5, $1,400



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Plate 68. "Defensive lines 18th Army Corps from Fort Brady to Fort Burnham, October, 1864 / Defensive lines 10th Army Corps from Fort Burnham to right of New Market Road, October, 1864 / Battle-Field of Five Forks, Va., Saturday, April 1st, 1865 / Casement in Fort Burnham, January, 1865 plus 5 smaller maps.." Maps from the U.S. War Department's Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Gov't. Printing Office, 1891-95. Lithographed map, with some highlight color. Double folio size. Very good condition.

Richard Stephenson has written, "This is the most detailed atlas yet published on the Civil War. It consists of reproductions of maps compiled by both Union and Confederate soldiers." [Stephenson, Civil War Maps, p 99.] The maps show many of the events of the Civil War with great detail, including topography, troop placements and movements, and other information of interest. These are the best near contemporary maps available of many of these battles, sieges, and other events of this conflict. $75
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