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Posted: 1/10/2005 7:13:50 AM EDT
Looks like good news for you Civil War buffs.  It doesn't indicate when they'll go online, but I'm guessing many by the end of the year.

Here's a more direct link to the Library of Congress Civil War maps.
memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/civil_war_maps/




Maps of Civil War battles going online
Associated Press

January 10, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Civil War buffs are getting access to a treasure trove of information - thousands of original maps and diagrams of battles and campaigns between 1861 and 1865, all posted on the Internet.

The Library of Congress is posting 2,240 maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks, while The Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia are adding about 600 items. Much of the collection is online now; the rest will be by the spring.

The items depict troop positions and movements, as well as fortifications. There also are reconnaissance maps, sketches and coastal charts and theater-of-war maps.

One plan of the Mississippi port of Vicksburg was done in 1863, the year Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant forced its surrender on July 4 in one of the war's most decisive operations. It gave the Union control of the river and cut the Confederacy in two.

It also won the attention of President Lincoln to his most successful commander. Lincoln wrote Grant a letter of congratulation and promoted him to major general.

The Vicksburg map includes fortifications, railways, levees, drainage, vegetation and even the names of a few residents.

The same day Vicksburg fell, more than 900 miles away Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee began retreating to Virginia from Gettysburg, Pa., following his defeat there.

The National Archives and Records Administration recently drew attention to a map of the Gettysburg campaign in its own collection. It records positions of troops on July 2, 1863, when the South came close to winning the battle.

The agency has been looking at the back of some of its documents since it worked with Walt Disney Pictures on the current film ``National Treasure,'' a fictional story about a map to hidden treasure on the back of the original Declaration of Independence.

The Gettysburg map, which is not online, went with Lee's report on the battle to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. On the back of Lee's 14-page report was written: ``Read with satisfaction and returned to War Dept. Jeffer Davis Aug. 6. 1863''

Davis may have been relieved by the failure of Union Gen. George G. Meade to pursue and destroy Lee's retreating forces.

Gettysburg was a decisive defeat for the Confederates after a series of victories. Lee surrendered to Grant nearly two years later, after terrible losses on both sides.

The contribution of the Virginia Historical Society includes maps of Virginia locations, created by Confederate officers. They detail roads, bridges, waterways and buildings, including farms and plantations with the owners' names.

The Virginia society also presents the viewpoint of the Union side in a diary and scrapbook that belonged to Robert K. Sneden, an Army mapmaker. It includes battle plans and fortifications. The society acquired it recently after it had been locked in a bank vault for decades.

The Library of Virginia has maps that went with reports to the governor and field maps of the southwestern part of the state, found in books that belonged to Confederate Gen. William W. Loring.

Items already posted can be seen at: memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/ListSome.php?category=Maps

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:24:29 AM EDT
That is sweet...


Did you Zoom in on them?


Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:29:23 AM EDT
I did on the Gettysburg map.  I haven't checked out the other ones yet.

The main things missing are the sound of the crinkling of the paper, its smell, and the feel of the paper in your hand.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:33:20 AM EDT
Looks like they have the Revolutionary war too...

Link Posted: 1/10/2005 7:35:16 AM EDT
Ive got a book that has most of them in there......but its cool, and less work
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:42:19 AM EDT
Looks like the site is getting hit pretty hard.  The server won't respond now.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:50:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MrKandiyohi:
Looks like the site is getting hit pretty hard.  The server won't respond now.



Yep, same here.
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 9:58:01 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Martin3:

Originally Posted By MrKandiyohi:
Looks like the site is getting hit pretty hard.  The server won't respond now.



Yep, same here.



The site is always slow.

I have been using it for a couple of years they have a lot of old maps of the US when it was still Colonies, early state maps, and early city maps all very interesting.  
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 10:02:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Martin3:

Originally Posted By MrKandiyohi:
Looks like the site is getting hit pretty hard.  The server won't respond now.



Yep, same here.




Tagged for later
Link Posted: 1/10/2005 3:16:35 PM EDT
The site is responding much faster.  Take a look.
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