Approaches to New Orleans; Battle of Atlanta; Maps of Spanish Fort
New York: Julius Bien & Co.; US War Department, 1895.
Map. Color lithograph. Image measures 16 1/2" x 27 3/8"
This fascinating sheet from "Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1861-1865)" features 11 maps illustrating various campaigns during the Civil War. The map titles are as follows: 1. Department of the Gulf Map No. 5, Approaches to New Orleans; 3. Position of Army of Tennessee near Atlanta, GA; 5. Diagrams illustrating the Different Positions Occupied by the 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, during the Battle of Atlanta, GA.; 6. Part of Paulding County; 7. Section of a Map showing the Lines near New Hope Church, GA.; 8. Topographical Sketch of the Position of the Second Division, 14th Army Corps in front of Savannah, GA.; 9. Map of the Vicinity of Mechanicsville, VA.; and 4, 10, and 11 showing Maps of Spanish Fort, Ala. during the siege of 1865. The maps show rivers, canals, towns, roads, and railways, as well as positions and routes of both armies, with blue lines for the Union and red for the Confederate forces. Relief is shown by both hachures and contour lines. Minor tears at margins, not affecting the image. This map is a wonderful piece that boldly documents American history. Julius Bien (1826-1909) was an American lithographic printer and cartographer based in New York City. During the course of the second half of the 19th century, he produced thousands of maps for both public and private publishers. Some of his most notable commissions were for the U.S. government, including many geological maps that redefined the cartographic visualization of geology. Bien's prolific output and contributions to the development of chromolithography make him one of the most significant map printers of his time.