The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War

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Overview

After the Civil War, the U.S. Government and the Army embarked on a landmark joint endeavor. For the first time in American history, the federal government itself—led by the Army—compiled a military history. The history was composed of all of the official military documents from both sides of the war, and it proved to be a massive production. Called War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, and referred to as the Official Records, or O.R., it contained official reports, letters, telegrams, strength returns, and casualty lists, covering all theaters throughout the war.

The Army then collected the official military maps to supplement the O.R., known as The Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. The maps had been drawn during the war by engineers, draftsmen, and sometimes even generals themselves for actual military use. Only a few maps, drawn later by cartographers, were added for historical purposes. Tactical and strategic maps indicate troop disposition; defense lines, redoubts, and fortifications of key sites are clearly shown. Terrain maps often contain picket positions, signal stations, and lines of march. Some are rough sketches, some cartographic masterpieces. All are informative and reveal the knowledge—or lack of knowledge— that both sides possessed about the terrain, and the strength and the position of opposing troops.

The index to the maps refers to campaigns and battles, rivers, creeks, lakes, bays, islands, bridges, fords, ferries, landings, roads, railroads, mountains, towns, churches, forts, and much more. The original edition was published in separate folios, sporadically produced; in this reprint, the index and maps are conveniently bound in one volume.

The most detailed collection of maps ever published on the subject, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War contains 821 maps, 106 engravings, and 209 drawings (including detailed uniform and flag illustrations) almost all in full color. Compiled during the post-Civil War years from the best cartographic material created during the epic struggle, this atlas is invaluable for anyone interested in the landscape over which was fought the greatest internal conflict in U.S. history.

NOTE: Printed on the reverse side of this dust jacket is a full-color facsimile of the map of the battlefield of Manassas, Virginia, showing the troop positions and movements of both the Union and Confederate armies at 6 P.M., August 29, 1862.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760750445
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 13.35 (w) x 16.50 (h) x 1.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2007

    An amazing resource

    This is a beautiful well assembled book. The maps are well printed and detailed showing union and confederate positions for pretty much any battle you can think of. My only small complaint is that some maps span across the binding, making it difficult to see some of the parts of the maps that fall in that gap. A small complaint though since I've never seen an atlas such as this, nothing else compares.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED

    I have never seen a book this complex and full of information so beautifully designed. Thanks to Barnes & Noble for providing this wonderful addition enabling me to futher my Civil War studies here in Princeton. I will treasure it always!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    Also is a great atlas for historical maps from the 1860's

    Recently purchased this book because it contains 1860's dated maps of U.S., especially of the western U.S. showing old trails, military forts, stage stations, railroad building up to 1865, early towns, etc. Some of the western U.S. maps are included on plate's 54 (TX), 98 (NM), 119 (CO, KS, NB & OK), 120 (CA, NV, & UT in 1860), 134 (OR & CA in 1867) and about 80 pages after Plate 135 for eastern half of U.S. Great reference atlas book for western americana historian or those just interested in old historical maps. Recently I purchased the original 1895 plate 161 of KS & MO. This plate is a copy of the original Julius Bien & Co 1861 map of Kansas which was then most likely the first map published showing the town of Abilene, one year after its founding. This was six years before Abilene would become the nation's first cowtown for shipping longhorns east by railroad after the civil war, starting in 1867.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Great Book, GREAT Price

    Older editions sell for much more. I recently sold copies of the next most recent edition in mint condition for $120.00. You can't beat this price for this reference. All Civil War history buffs and property owners of these sites should have a copy of this book. It is an invaluable resource for relating troop movement to topography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    excellent

    great book literally hundreds of maps.. only thing was the troop locations were kind of small..but with a magnifying glass you can see them fairly well

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