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August 17, 1861

New map of Kentucky and Tennessee

New map of Kentucky and Tennessee

With the advent of hostilities in April 1861, both Union and Confederate armies sought cartographic information from any source available. This general map of Kentucky and Tennessee indicates roads and railroads, county names and boundaries, cities and towns, rivers, and topography, with a several color annotations. A nearly illegible pencil note in the lower right corner states that this map was "Turned into Bureau of Tpl. Eng. by Lieut. O. M. Poe, Top. Engr., August 1861, referred [to] in his letter of Aug. 17, 1861."

At the time, Lieutenant Orlando M. Poe was a volunteer with the Second Regiment of the Michigan Volunteer Infantry but was eventually promoted Brigadier General and Aide-de-Camp to General William T. Sherman. Poe’s papers are housed in the Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.

Map Citations

Campbell and Barlow. New map of Kentucky and Tennessee from authentic reports of county surveyors throughout the states of Kentucky and Tennessee with a new key for measuring distances and specifying localities (which key is secured by copyright.). Louisville, Ky., Campbell & Barlow, c1861. 1 map, 96 x 134 cm.
Catalog record: http://lccn.loc.gov/99447350


Poe, O. M. (Orlando Metcalfe), 1832-1895. O.M. Poe papers, 1852-1922 (bulk 1863-1885). 8,500 items. -- 19 containers plus 1 oversize plus 1 vault container. -- 7.6 linear feet. Library of Congress, Manuscript Division.
Catalog record: http://lccn.loc.gov/mm78036459