Battle Map of Virginia


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Rare and Original 1862

Civil War Battle Map of Northern Virginia

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Civil War Battle Map of Northern Virginia

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You are viewing an original 1862 Civil War Battle Map of Virginia.  Please note that this is NOT a reproduction or facsimile. This leaf is over 140 years old.  On the day it was printed Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and our Nation was in the midst of its bloodiest and darkest days.   It is amazing to hold this leaf, and ponder the way things were on the day it was printed. As you hold this leaf in your hands, you can almost hear reverberations of the Civil War in the distance. This is a rare and dramatic piece that you will not want to miss.  Original maps such as this are becoming increasingly difficult to find as they are being quickly scooped up by serious collectors and students of history.

Description: You will simply not find a more dramatic or displayable Civil War map than this original Battle Map of Virginia.  The Map is captioned "A topographical map of EASTERN VIRGINIA from Fredericksburg to Richmond, taken from tracings (now in the possession of the Government) of the original Railroad Surveys of this portion of the State, comprising the Topography for Six Miles on each side of the track.  This is the only reliable Map of this Portion of the State ever made." The map shows Richmond Virginia in the lower part of the leaf.  The Richmond and Danville Railroad Line is shown going through Richmond, as is the Fredericksburg Potomac Railroad line, and the Richmond York River line.  The James River and Kanawah Canal are shown, along with coal mines marked west of Richmond. The road used by the Williamsburg Stage is marked, as is the Bush Hill and Plank Road.  The communities near Richmond shown include Fair Oaks, Mechanicsville, Scottsville and Ashland. Incredible historical detail on the surrounding area is shown, including Cedar Swamp, Walnut Grove, the Coal Pits, and Meredith's Bridge.  Similar detail is shown around Fredericksburg, including the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers. Spotsylvania, King George Court House,  Bowling Green, Negro Foot, Germania, Pottersville, Jericho Marsh, and Sexton's Junction are shown as well.  There is simply too much to describe it all.  You will spend hours pouring over all the incredible detail on this highly collectible and displayable piece.


Provenance: This leaf was carefully removed from an original 1862 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  During the Civil War, Libraries would subscribe to Harper's Weekly.  At the end of the year, they would "bind" the individual newspapers into large volumes.  Fine art, advertisements, Battle Maps,  and other illustrations like this one survived until today in the archives of Libraries or Historical Foundations. In the 1970's and 1980's, Libraries microfilmed many of the volumes, and sold the original volumes, filled with priceless treasures like this one, to the public.  I was fortunate enough to buy a large collection of these volumes when they became available.  Now, I make individual illustrations like the one above available to individual collectors. 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. This leaf is approximately 11X16 inches.

Condition: The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period. It has some light spots of foxing, consistent with its 140 years of age.  There are several areas of finger smudging in the margins from people handling the leaf over the last 140 years.The piece is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 

This piece will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It will become the center of attention, and I assure all who enter will notice it. 

Don't miss your chance to acquire this truly unique piece of Civil War History.  It would make the ultimate gift for any student of the Civil War, or any resident of Richmond, or any part of Virginia or West Virginia.  I assure you that this map will become the prized procession of its new owner, and generations to come.

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