Thursday, August 27, 2009

O Shenandoah

The Library of Congress has an online exhibit of a very important map from the American Civil War. In O Shenandoah, I Long to Map You, Jennifer Gavin describes the cartographic efforts of Jedediah Hotchkiss. His hand drawn maps, many drawn from horseback, were "extraordinary for their accuracy." These maps were an essential tool used by Gen. Robert E. Lee in his many military successes.

On exhibit is Hotchkiss' Map of the Shenandoah Valley. The site allows you to zoom in to examine the detail:



I am reminded then, to share with you my two Civil War related map postcards. The first represents Lee and his generals examining a map (a Hotchkiss?)



Here is a map and panorama of people and events of the Civil War (click on image for a larger view).



This map is also available as a 1000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle.

HT to Angela

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2 Comments:

At Monday, August 31, 2009 , Blogger Gwen said...

Look at this!! http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/08/29/opinion/20090829-smell-map-feature.html

 
At Monday, August 31, 2009 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Thanks Gwen! I appreciate all the great tips from my Carto-friends.

 

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