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[CIVIL WAR] — [Amiel Weeks Whipple] 
COPY OF AN UNFINISHED MAP OF A PORTION OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT OF NORTH EASTERN VIRGINIA AND FORT MONROE COMPILED IN THE BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS WAR DEPARTMENT FROM THE BEST AND LATEST AUTHORITIES ... WASHINGTON: BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, AUGUST 1861 
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10,00015,000
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[CIVIL WAR] — [Amiel Weeks Whipple] 
COPY OF AN UNFINISHED MAP OF A PORTION OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT OF NORTH EASTERN VIRGINIA AND FORT MONROE COMPILED IN THE BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS WAR DEPARTMENT FROM THE BEST AND LATEST AUTHORITIES ... WASHINGTON: BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, AUGUST 1861 
Estimate
10,00015,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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[CIVIL WAR] — [Amiel Weeks Whipple] 
COPY OF AN UNFINISHED MAP OF A PORTION OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENT OF NORTH EASTERN VIRGINIA AND FORT MONROE COMPILED IN THE BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS WAR DEPARTMENT FROM THE BEST AND LATEST AUTHORITIES ... WASHINGTON: BUREAU OF TOPOGRAPHICAL ENGINEERS, AUGUST 1861 
Sun printed (i.e. photozincographed) map after the original manuscript (44 x 51 1/2 in.; 1,118 x 1,308 mm), routes of railroads and canals hand-colored, dissected into 24 sections and linen-backed as issued. Manuscript annotations in pencil [by J. J. Young?].  PROVENANCE: The present copy descended in the family of Whipple and includes a manuscript presentation below the cartouche, "To accompany letter to | dated Bureau of Topogl. Eng.s Augt 1861." The name of the recipient is not filled in, suggesting that Whipple kept this copy for himself.

Spotting to verso, some browning to recto, a few stray stains, offsetting along folds. Housed in modern blue morocco-backed box.


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Provenance

Descendants of Amiel Weeks Whipple

Literature

Stephenson, Civil War Maps 451.6; Francis R. Stoddard, "Amiel Weeks Whipple" in Chronicles of Oklahoma vol. 28 (Autumn 1950)

Catalogue Note

A HIGHLY IMPORTANT MILITARY MAP OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA MADE FOR THE FIELD USE OF THE UNION ARMY IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE CIVIL WAR, by a noted military cartographer.  The map was completed within a month of the Battle of Bull Run, fought on July 21, 1861. 

Although not named as the cartographer, the present map can be attributed to Amiel Weeks Whipple. During the 1850s, Whipple became one of the most accomplished surveyors in the Corps of Topographical Engineers, leading explorations for the transcontinental railroad. Once the war began, Whipple was immediately ordered to report to the Chief of Topographical Engineers in Washington. Attribution of this map to Whipple can also be determined by a very similar map, though focussed on Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties, which identifies Whipple as the source for the manuscript drawn by Civil Engineer J. J. Young (see Stephenson 536.6). That map is in essence the companion to the present map, i.e. showing the northern regions of Virginia not shown on this map. The handwriting of the manuscript used for that map and the present map are identical, suggesting both to have been drawn by Young. 

The map is very rare, with OCLC citing but three known examples.

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