THE DEFENSES OF PETERSBURG

 

$650

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AUTHOR:

WEISS, MAJ. J. E, ETC.

TITLE:

Petersburg and Five Forks. From Surveys under the Direction of Bvt. Brig. Gen. N. Michler, Major of Engineers … 1867. NY Lithographing, Engraving & Printing Co. Julius Bien Supt.

CONDITION:

Photolithograph with period color, 21-1/2” x 33-1/2“ Lined, near fine condition.

DATE:

1867

DESCRIPTION:

Michler was in charge of the Topographical Department in the Army of the Potomac from September 1863 until the surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. This map is a reduced version of “the Magnum opus of Nathaniel Michler’s wartime staff … eventually including twenty-eight sheets and covering some 290 square miles, [and] among the paramount achievements of the Civil War topographical engineers.”

This incredibly detailed map shows most of Dinwiddie County north of Dinwiddie Courthouse, with an emphasis on Petersburg and Five Forks. It was here, in April 1865, that the Confederacy suffered its death blow. The Confederate defeat at Five Forks convinced Lee to abandoned Petersburg and begin his march to Appomattox.

Every exiting road, mill, tavern, and railroad in the surrounding region is laid down, and virtually every landowner is identified by name. The depiction of both Confederate (in red) and Union (in blue) fortifications and lines around Petersburg , and throughout the region, is minutely detailed. Every street and building in Petersburg are shown.

REFERENCES:

Stephenson, Civil War Maps, 607.9; see McElfresh, Maps and Mapmakers of the Civil War, p. 216-217.

Inventory No. 7264

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