March 26, 1862
Three days after the Battle of Kernstown, on March 26th 1862, Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, ordered his most gifted cartographer, Jedidiah Hotchkiss to prepare “a map of the Valley from Harpers Ferry to Lexington, showing all the points of offence and defence in those places” Hotchkiss began working on his best known map almost immediately and continued to work and refine it over the course of the Civil War. Hotchkiss’ masterpiece is prepared with a ¾ inch grid that allows one to “scale” the map and produce larger scale maps as needed.
The Jedediah Hotchkiss Papers are housed in the Library’s Manuscript Division. [https://lccn.loc.gov/mm78026526]
Hotchkiss, Jedediah, 1828-1899. [Map of the Shenandoah Valley] 1 map : col. ms., cloth ; 254 x 112 cm. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.
Catalog record: http://lccn.loc.gov/99446754