Maps and mapmakers of the Civil War /
Earl B. McElfresh ; foreword by Stephen W. Sears.
New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with History Book Club, c1999.
272 p. : ill., col. maps, ports. ; 31 cm.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams in association with History Book Club, c1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-263) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-12-01:
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2000-02:
McElfresh provides a wonderful collection of Civil War maps and explanatory text, which together illustrate several points about this great conflict that are often overlooked or taken for granted. Given the transportation technologies available to Federal and Confederate armies in the 1860s, the organizational and materiel requirements to conduct war were exceptionally complex. How does one maneuver, as General William T. Sherman did in 1864, with 100,000 troops, 60,000 horses and mules, 5,180 wagons, and 860 ambulances, across unfamiliar terrain? Whether armies numbered in the hundreds or tens of thousands they often maneuvered and fought on unmapped land. Mapmakers were frequently topographic engineers whose skills made them among the most valued of all service personnel. Accurate maps were the highest form of military intelligence, allowing thorough planning for movement, resupply, and strategic army emplacement relative to topographic access or superior vantage points. Maps were updated frequently, sometimes daily, and large armies traveled with a mapmaking detachment. This collection of 150 color maps is an important contribution to Civil War geography and history, as well as an authoritative contribution to the history of cartography. All levels. K. B. Raitz; University of Kentucky
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a collection of the most notable and beautiful maps from the American Civil War and the story of how they were made. Ranging from detailed, full colour renderings to pencil sketches, these are both striking and historical artefacts.
Main Description
During the Civil War, a good map could spell the difference between victory & defeat. This book collects, for the first time, the war's most notable, interesting, & beautiful maps-& tells the story of how they were made.
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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 map-making 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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 6
Introductionp. 9
The Necessity of Military Maps: Walking over Strange Ground with Eyes Shutp. 13
Familiar Territory: The South's Advantagep. 19
The Topographical Engineer: Looking up the Countryp. 23
Making the Maps: Pencils Were a Dollar Each in Richmondp. 29
Roads: A Calamity at Their Worstp. 36
Military Fords: We've Struck This River Lengthwaysp. 39
Woods and Forests: Will Anybody Come through There?p. 45
Local Knowledge: A Right Smart Distance I Reckonp. 51
Hills, Mountains, Rolling Terrain, Gaps, and Impregnable Positions: Not Only Length and Breadth but Thicknessp. 58
Procuring the Maps: Requisitioned, Captured, Bought, Borrowed, Bartered, and Stolenp. 64
Preparing the Map and the Map Memoir: Worked at Maps All Dayp. 67
Map Reproduction: Each Had Received a Bound Copy of the Mapp. 69
The Mapsp. 73
The Mapmakersp. 233
Epiloguep. 254
Notesp. 256
Bibliographyp. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 264
Indexp. 267
Creditsp. 271
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