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1861, October 21st. Ball's Bluff, Virginia

Plan of the Battle of Ball's Bluff Va. Fought October 21st 1861

Plan of the Battle of Ball's Bluff Va. Fought October 21st 1861

One of a series of maps produced by Robert Knox Sneden during the course of the war, this vividly colored map depicts “CSA” (Confederate States of America) troops surrounding and defeating Union forces just north of Leesburg, Virginia. A small Union cemetery is currently located on the site of the battle.  Read More

Lower Shenandoah Valley

Cover of notebook of William B. Luce, Union Topographical Engineer

Cover of notebook of William B. Luce, Union Topographical Engineer

One of the key elements to any wartime activity was gathering intelligence and, unfortunately, these exploits were not always successful. This field note book belonged to William Luce, Engineer of Captain J.W. Abert's party of United States Topographical Engineers. Luce and other Engineers traveled frequently performing reconnaissance duties...  Read More

Eastern Virginia

Map of Eastern Virginia,  1862

Map of Eastern Virginia, 1862

Conceived in 1861, this map did not appear until late 1862 and was published by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, the same government agency preparing nautical charts for Union blockaders. This map of eastern Virginia is overprinted in red to indicate railroads and concentric circles centered on Richmond, the heart of the Confederacy...  Read More

1861, December 7. Washington, DC

The National lines before Washington...supplement to the NY Times...Dec 7, 1861

The National lines before Washington...supplement to the NY Times...Dec 7, 1861

Published as a supplement to the New York Times of Saturday, December 7, 1861, this newspaper map focuses on northeastern Virginia and the fortifications surrounding Washington. The editors of the Times describe the map as follows...  Read More

1861, December 20. Drainsville, VA

Map of the action at Drainsville, Va., December 20th 1861

Map of the action at Drainsville, Va., December 20th 1861

Despite the optimistic views expressed in the New York Times of December 7, 1861 regarding the “National Army” and its “masterly defenses” of Washington DC, a clash between Union skirmishers and Confederate cavalry took place on the banks of the Potomac River, only ten miles north of Washington, DC. An even smaller sized skirmish, known as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, took place just north of Leesburg the previous month. In both cases, Confederate forces defeated Federal troops.  Read More