A complete map of Richmond and its fortifications within a circle of 12 miles showing the numerous forts, batteries and the range of their fire : and the various obstacles that impede the approach of the Federal army, also, the principal towns & plantations, in the immediate vicinity of Richmond, together with several of the battle fields of 1862


A complete map of Richmond and its fortifications within a circle of 12 miles showing the numerous forts, batteries and the range of their fire

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A complete map of Richmond and its fortifications within a circle of 12 miles showing the numerous forts, batteries and the range of their fire : and the various obstacles that impede the approach of the Federal army, also, the principal towns & plantations, in the immediate vicinity of Richmond, together with several of the battle fields of 1862
Description:
One of the geographic strategies for both armies was the capture of the other's capital. Washington, DC, was situated precariously on the Potomac River, sandwiched between Maryland, a slave state which did not secede, and Virginia, one of the last slave states to secede. As a primary defense, Union troops constructed an extensive ring of earthen forts around the city. Richmond, which became the Confederate capital in mid-1861, was situated less than 100 miles south of Washington, DC. Confederate troops also fortified Richmond with a ring of forts, as depicted on this map published in Boston. As a reminder to a northern audience that Richmond was the target, the publisher placed a series of concentric rings around the city.
Creator:
William H. Forbes & Company
Date:
[1863]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Fortification--Virginia--Richmond--Maps
Richmond (Va.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Maps
Places:
VirginiaRichmond
Publisher:
Boston : W.H. Forbes & Co.
Notes:
Relief shown by hachures.
Shows radial distances in mile increments from the city of Richmond.
"As a guide to note the approach of the Federal army, this map is invaluable, as the plan of its fortifications is taken from a correct drawing of a Southern engineer, who recently escaped to Europe."
Description derived from published bibliography.
Exhibited: "Torn in Two: The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2011.
Extent:
1 map ; 60 x 45 cm.
Scale:
Scale ca. 1:54,000.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_006570
Call #:
G3884.R5S5 1863 .W55
Barcode:
39999059026631
LCCN:
99439218
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