Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Civil War Maps

Civil War Maps is a Library of Congress presentation of "approximately 2,240 Civil War maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks that are held within the Geography and Map Division, 200 maps from the Library of Virginia, and 400 maps from the Virginia Historical Society." If your relative fought at, say, Chancellorsville, you can view in colorful detail the 1863 battlefield, complete with troop positions, roads, and vegetation. The accompanying essay, History of Mapping the Civil War, discusses the importance and extent of Union and Confederate mapping efforts.