"1863 Map of the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi by the Union Forces under the Command of Major General U.S. Grant…" Published by the U.S. War Department.
This large battle map of the Siege of Vicksburg identifies Union and Confederate entrenchments with blue and red hand-coloring and details the roads, streets, houses, railroads, vegetation and more of this famous siege. The map was drawn by Charles Spangenbery, engraved on stone by J. Schedler, and was published as part of a report by the U.S. War Department in 1863.
The Siege of Vicksburg was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign. Coming on the heals of Lee's loss at Gettysburg on July 3rd, the end of the Siege of Vicksburg was the second major blow to the Confederacy in only a few days time. In late May, General Ulysses S. Grant led the Army of the Tennessee across the Mississippi River and drove the Confederate Army of the Mississippi, under the control of Lt. General John C. Pemberton, to retreat to the fortress city of Vicksburg. The siege lasted more than 40 days, but once reinforcements and supplies ran out, the garrison surrendered on July 4, 1863. The Union gained control of the Mississippi River, subsequently cutting off the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas from the rest of the Confederacy.
This map is incredibly detailed. Topographical information is shown by hachure. On the right side of the map are elevations of several batteries, both Confederate and Union. Four profiles of different entrenchments are also illustrated. This map is regarded as the best period depiction of this important, pivotal Civil War battle.
Overall very good condition. This 1863 map has toning along a horizontal fold line, but no other notable damage. The map has been framed according to the highest archival standards and is presented with a print of the famous Mathew Brady photograph of General Grant standing next to his command tent during the Wilderness Campaign.
Framed Size: 39 ¾” H x 37 ¾” W x 2" D
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