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Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War
     

Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War

by Earl B. McElfresh, Stephen W. Sears (Foreword by)
 
During the Civil War, a good map could spell the difference between victory and defeat. This book collects, for the first time, the war's most notable, interesting, and beautiful maps-and tells the story of how they were made. Ranging from exquisitely detailed renderings reproduced in full color to rough pencil sketches drawn from horseback, these maps-many never

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During the Civil War, a good map could spell the difference between victory and defeat. This book collects, for the first time, the war's most notable, interesting, and beautiful maps-and tells the story of how they were made. Ranging from exquisitely detailed renderings reproduced in full color to rough pencil sketches drawn from horseback, these maps-many never before reproduced-are both striking works of art and invaluable historical artifacts. The lively, anecdotal text explains the techniques and travails of mapmaking during the war and reveals the little-known cartographic exploits of George Armstrong Custer, writer Ambrose Bierce, and Brooklyn Bridge engineer Washington Roebling, among many others. Here is an extraordinary gift for Civil War enthusiasts everywhere.

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Gary Turley
Earl McElfresh's engagingMaps and Mapmakers of the Civil War is skillfully blending anecdote, detail, and analysis, he mounts a powerful case for the stragetic important of maps and examines the practical effects of the cartographer's art on actual military operations. He also provides brief but captivating biographies of a number of Union and Confederate topographical engineers whose contributions are far too often overlooked or slighted in conventinal histories of what ahs been called America's Second Revolutionary War. He also presents a stunning atlas of original maps, some never before seen publicly.
Mercator's World
Library Journal
McElfresh, a cartographer, a map historian, and president of the McElfresh Map Company, has assembled a remarkable corpus of Civil War-period maps and essays about them. Preliminary chapters explore the significance of mapmaking in the struggle between North and South, who actually made the maps, and how they were reproduced in sufficient quantities to be effective in the field. A final section features biographical sketches of 16 Civil War mapmakers--including George Armstrong Custer and Washington Roebling. Of the 180 illustrations contained here, 150 are in full color. This unusual resource is highly recommended for all libraries with emphases on cartography, the Civil War, or American history; libraries needing a Civil War atlas with battle summaries can still obtain American Heritage Battle Maps of the Civil War (Council Oak, 1997. reprint), which includes both period and recently produced maps.--Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Sys., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810934306
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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