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July 1, 1862

Henrico County, Virginia : prepared under the direction of Lieut. Col. J.N. Nacomb, A.D.C.

Henrico County, Virginia : prepared under the direction of Lieut. Col. J.N. Nacomb, A.D.C.

Map of part of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, July 12th, 1862

Map of part of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, July 12th, 1862

The vast number of troops involved in the peninsula campaign and Confederate defense of Richmond necessitated a great deal of geographic knowledge regarding the topography, transportation network, land cover, grazing and forage opportunities, as well as the location of rivers, streams, fords, and marshes in the region. Naturally, both Union and Confederate generals.

General Robert E. Lee, who assumed command of the Confederate forces defending Richmond in late June 1862 was known to have carried a Map of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, July 12. 1862, prepared by Albert H. Campbell. Campbell, a postal clerk in Washington, DC at the outset of the war, t his job and moved to Richmond where he was interviewed and hired to make maps.

Map Citations

Hergesheimer, E. (Edwin). Henrico County, Virginia : prepared under the direction of Lieut. Col. J.N. Nacomb, A.D.C., Chf. Topl. Engr. for the use of Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan, commanding Army of Potomac [S.l. 1862] 1 map : 49 x 29 cm.
Catalog record: http://www.loc.gov/item/2006626061/

Campbell, Albert H. (Albert Henry), 1826-1899. Map of part of Henrico and Chesterfield Counties, July 12th, 1862. 1 map : col. ms., cloth ; 105 x 58 cm.
Catalog record: http://www.loc.gov/item/2002627450/