Monday, April 4, 2011

National Geographic Battlefields of the Civil War Map

Side 1 of National Geographic Battlefields of the Civil War Map.

On the hundredth anniversary of the shots fired at Fort Sumter, National Geographic Magazine’s April 1961 issue featured in-depth articles on the U.S. Civil War. The issue included a supplement map that located and described every battle, campaign and major event of the war.

Now, at the sesquicentennial of the War’s beginning, this historic map is available once again. In cooperation with National Geographic Maps, Bella Terra Publishing is distributing the two-sided map to stores at battlefields, historic sites and museums, and to bookstores. It is also available at Retail price is $7.95.

Side One of the map (above) covers the main region of the War, from New Jersey to Louisiana. Portraying the country as charted in 1863, it is based on a map on which General Grant marked his proposed lines of operation. Both armies’ major offensives are charted on an inset.

Side Two (below) features more detailed maps, including: “Cockpit of the Civil War” (southern Pennsylvania to southern Virginia), Nashville to Atlanta and Memphis to Huntsville. There are insets of Gettysburg; “Grant at Richmond”; the “War in the Southwest” (Texas to California), the Vicksburg Campaign and the battles for Atlanta.

All key battles and events are described with National Geographic’s renowned map notes. Each battle is located with a crossed-swords symbol.

Side 2 of National Geographic Battlefields of the Civil War Map.

Map & images © National Geographic Society.

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