New York: 1861. Very Good. Item #15252
A GORGEOUS and rare 1861 folding pocket map of the recently-begun Civil War, complete with original yellow typographical maps.
This historic piece, titled "Panorama of the Seat of War", features engraved portraits of Commodore Andrew Hull Foote and Admiral Silas Stringham in vignette at the top.
The map is centered around Washington, DC and depicts territory as far north as the Mason-Dixon Line and south to Norfolk, Virginia. Also depicted are several principal towns of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and a few on the Virginia Shore as well.
Operating railroad lines at the time are featured, such as the Washington & Richmond Railroad and the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad, among others. Along with the rail lines, several regional forts are shown as is the site and date of the (1st) Battle of Bull Run.
Unusually, particularly of a map with this broad geographic range, is the depiction of Bucktown, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore in Dorchester County. Bucktown was the tiny crossroads where a young Harriet Tubman was walloped on the head with an overseer’s metal object, inaccurately thrown at another slave.
Tubman claimed this event was the catalyst which gave her occasional visions from God, entrenching in her a deep religious devotion and the courage to embark on her perilous missions to rescue other slaves.
This map measures 17" X 9 3/4" and is framed in double-sided UV protective glass. The original wraps are visible on the back side of the map. the framed piece measures 19" X 11 1/2".
The map has its original fold lines, creating 12 sections open sections. A few small closed separations along fold lines with tape repairs to rear. A small pinhole at the top affecting the word 'of'. Mild age toning.
Overall a unique and quite scarce item with fantastic Harriet Tubman history!