Civil War Maps (New-York Daily Tribune): Topics in Chronicling America
The New-York Daily Tribune published various civil war maps from 1861 to 1865. This guide provides access to materials related to "Civil War Maps" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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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 in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
July 17 - 21, 1861
First Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, VA.
March 9, 1862
Armored ships Merrimack 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