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May 15, 1862

Historical sketch of the rebellion. May 1862.

Historical sketch of the rebellion. May 1862.

Historical sketch of the rebellion.

Historical sketch of the rebellion.

Sketch of the eastern part of the U.S.

Sketch of the eastern part of the U.S.

The Civil War began on April 1861 with Confederate artillery firing on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Nine, months later, the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey issued its first map in its “Historical Sketch of the Rebellion” series that tracked the “limits of the loyal states as of March, 1861; May, 1862; July, 1861; May, 1862; July, 1862; and July 1863. In addition to the printed maps, a manuscript draft depicts three lines of advance. The blue line on the map indicates the “line occupied by U.S. forces previous to the genl. forward movement, whilst perfecting preparations…”; the green line indicates positions of U.S forces “after the first advance“; while red indicates the lines “at the present time” [1863].

Map Citations

United States Coast Survey. Historical sketch of the rebellion. May 15, 1862. [Washington D. C.] Office of the Coast Survey 1862. 1 map col. 47 x 45 cm.
Catalog record: http://lccn.loc.gov/99447100

United States Coast Survey. Historical sketch of the rebellion. July 1862. [Washington D. C.] Office of the Coast Survey 1862. 1 map col. 47 x 45 cm.
Catalog record: //www.loc.gov/item/99447101/

United States Coast Survey. Sketch of the eastern part of the U.S., showing territorial extent of the rebellion at different epochs during the war for its suppression : also--marching routes of the U.S. forces, localities & dates of the more important conflicts--districts of coast returned under the control of the U.S., etc. & etc.. [Washington D. C.] Office of the Coast Survey 1862. 1 map col. 49 x 40 cm.
Catalog record: //www.loc.gov/item/2009584366