Mapping the American Civil War

Lecture Description

The sectional crisis generated tremendous attention to maps, as both sides raced to gather intelligence for a military conflict. But the crisis also prompted new and creative uses of cartography, particularly in the effort to map the strength of the rebellion. Maps of cotton production and the slave population were designed to assess not just the landscape but also the population and its resources. These maps reveal much about the Union strategy in the secession crisis and the ensuing war, but they also introduced a fundamentally new approach to cartography that flourished thereafter.

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Civil War and Reconstruction Technology and Industry

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