1863, Texas Coast, Occupation, Julius Bien & Co.

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"Texas Coast Showing Points of Occupation of Expedition under Maj. Gen. N.P. Banks, November 1863." Published c. 1891-1895. Engraved and lithographed by Julius Bien & Co., New York, 1891. (Image: 6 1/4" wide x 7 1/4" high, no border). Magnificent map prepared by United States Army Bureau of Topographic Engineers for the "Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies." The atlas is the renowned cartographic work covering the Civil War. Congress authorized its production by the U.S. War Department. It was issued in 37 parts between 1891 and 1895 and limited to 10,000 copies plus additional copies for members of Congress and other federal officials. The atlas includes 178 plates. Both Union and Confederate sources were used to compile the work and for this reason it is the most complete and well-balanced cartographic record of the war. This map accompanied the letter of Major General N.P. Banks, in the Compendium in U.S. Army, Series I, Volume XXVII, Part 1, page 847. It is fairly detailed showing cities, towns, rivers, some roads, forts and other features as they existed in 1863. The map also locates Union Army points of occupation with small U.S. flag symbols at LaSalle, Fort Esperanza on Matagorda Island, Mustang Island, Brazos Santiago, Point Isabel, Fort Brown and Ringgold Barracks in Rio Grande City. The map also shows the locations and dates of the losses of the Schooner Partridge, Schooner Kate, Steamer Nassau, Steamer Bagley and Steamer Union. This map was excised from a larger plate and must be mounted before framing, otherwise excellent condition.


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