Panorama of the Seat of War Pocket Civil War Map by John G Wells for the Union Army 1862

$750.00

Panorama of the Seat of War. Entered according to act of Congress, by John G. Wells, cor[ner] Park Row and Berkman St., in Clerk’s office of District Court for Southern District of New York. [1862] A vertical map, 15 5/8 in x 9 7/8 in, adorned with two vignette portraits of Union Army commanders early in the American Civil War, Gen. Winfield Scott, also-known-as “Old Fuss and Feathers,” at the upper left-hand corner and Commanding General of the United States Army, November 1861 to March 1862, Gen. George B. McClellan. Gen. McClellan led the Union Army in the Peninsular Campaign in southeastern Virginia from March to July 1862. This map is believed to be a pocket map used in the Peninsular Campaign.

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Civil War Pocket Map. Panorama of the Seat of War. Entered according to act of Congress, by John G. Wells, cor[ner] Park Row and Berkman St., in Clerk’s office of District Court for Southern District of New York. [1862] A vertical map, 15 5/8 in x 9 7/8 in, adorned with two vignette portraits of Union Army commanders early in the American Civil War, Gen. Winfield Scott, also-known-as “Old Fuss and Feathers,” at the upper left-hand corner and Commanding General of the United States Army, November 1861 to March 1862, Gen. George B. McClellan. Gen. McClellan led the Union Army in the Peninsular Campaign in southeastern Virginia from March to July 1862. This map is believed to be a pocket map used in the Peninsular Campaign. Given its size and lightweight white paper, with a “Union Forever” red and blue lithograph on the back, this map was also a mailable patriotic morale booster, featuring Washington at the upper center and Richmond on the lower half of the map. Showing town names, railroad lines, this map was signed and dated by William D. Hollis (?) 1864. There is a semi-legible note in the same hand below the town of Fredericksburg, “The Dead Will W[r]ite.” The battle of Fredericksburg lasted from December 11 – 15, 1862. The map is in remarkably good condition but has two scorch marks on the lower edge, where it got too close to an open flame, not affecting the text of the map, with very slight paper loss where the map started to burn.

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