Map of Charleston South Carolina
You are viewing an
original 1861 Civil War map of the area around Charleston, South
Carolina. It is from the January 19, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the
most popular illustrated newspaper of the day. Note that this is not a
reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. This leaf was
printed on January 19, 1861, and this date is clearly marked on the top of
the print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was
president of the United States, and Southern States had seceded from the
This is a rare and
highly collectible map. The upper image on the leaf shows the city of
Charleston, and the surrounding area. It is captioned, "Map Showing the
Forts Islands, Etc. of the Harbor of Charleston, South Carolina". The map
shows a nice view of Charleston as it appeared at the opening of the Civil
War. Also pictured are the Cooper River, Ashley River, and the Main Ship
Channel in the Harbor. The map also includes Hog Island, Mount Pleasant,
Castle Pinekney, James Island, Fort Johnson, Morris Island, Fort Moultrie,
and Cumming's Point. Most importantly, in the center of the harbor, is
Fort Sumter, where the opening shots of the Civil War were fired.
illustration shows a nice view of Fort Johnson, Opposite Fort Sumter.
This shows a lots of detail on how the fort looked at the opening of the
civil war. Also pictured are a couple in a row boat in the harbor.
Several soldiers are pictured in the fort.
This is a highly collectible piece. The illustration
is important in that it shows a view of the Fort Sumter area just days
before the opening shots of the war were fired there. The map would
make an excellent addition to your collection. It would make a
wonderful gift for anyone living in the Charleston area, or anyone
interested in the the Civil War.
Unlike newsprint of this century, these older,
original pages do not yellow and fall apart. The reason is that modern
newspapers use an acid based process. Remnant acid in the paper causes
the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate. A different process was
used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that
will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you
frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years. Acid
free mats are available at most better frame shops. If you have any
questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email
me. The print is approximately 11x16 inches. I have been collecting
Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years. It is a fascinating hobby, and
I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.
The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich
sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. It
has a few spots of light foxing and a few finger smudges in the margins.
Item Name: Original 1861 Civil War Map of Charleston South Carolina
Item Number: h1861p37
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