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Topics in Chronicling America - Civil War Maps in the New York Daily Tribune

As hostilities intensify between the North and the South, people on both sides of the burgeoning Civil War seek to make sense of what is taking place in their country. The press rushed to publish stories and accounts of the battles, but perhaps the most telling features were the maps that they published. The New York Tribune published these graphical accounts of the Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Gettysburg and more. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • July 17-21, 1861. First Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
  • March 9, 1862. Armored ships Merrimac and Monitor engage in battle.
  • March 20, 1862. Fabricated map of the battle at Sugar Creek in Pea Ridge, AR published. The Tribune had no correspondent at the battle.
  • April 5-May 4, 1862. Siege and Battle of Yorktown.
  • September 20, 1862. Accounts of Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) published.
  • July 7, 1863. Battle of Gettysburg reported, with a map of the area.
  • 1862-1865. As part of the Anaconda Plan, the Union army blockades the Southern coast, gains control of the Mississippi River, captures the Tennessee River Valley and cuts across Georgia to Atlanta. Finally, Grant captures Richmond, VA.
  • April 4, 1865. Capture of Richmond, VA reported with maps. April 9, 1865 General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] map, miles, battle/location names
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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