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|