Mapping the Civil War
A selection of maps detailing the terrain, history and progress of the war.
Curator, North American History
The military campaigns of the Civil War demanded knowledge of the terrain, but popular interest in the course of the war, in Britain as well as America, led to the production of many new maps, many of which attempted to present geographical information in striking and appealing ways.
Matthew Shaw highlights personal favourite items from the collection
The seceded Confederates states are outlined in yellow, the Union in green and the Canadian border in red
Portraits of Union Army generals surround a map of the main theatres of conflict in the Confederacy
Displays the region around the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River, showing Washington D.C. and Richmond
Produced by a Union Army general, this map shows the extent of the slave system before the war
Depicts eleven maps including those of Virginia, the Mississippi River, Cairo and the North Carolina Coast