Arkansas in the Civil War: A Military Atlas

Arkansas in the Civil War: A Military Atlas

The way we look at the Civil War in Arkansas, from this point onward, has changed forever. An examination of the historiography on Arkansas in the Civil War reveals nothing to the extent of the atlas you hold in your hands. Until now a comprehensive view of Civil War Arkansas has never been possible. When the authors discovered the Richard M. Venable map of the entire state housed in the National Archives, the process of digitizing Antebellum Arkansas four hundred square miles at a time began. What you have now is a complete military atlas based on the original Civil War map Venable and his men carefully constructed. This atlas is a closer look at the original artifact, which is an artistic masterpiece in itself.

Designed by Confederate engineer Richard M. Venable, the map’s architect took extraordinary measures to protect it from the elements on long marches. When the enemy captured Venable, the Federal soldiers could have easily destroyed this map; they did not. What they found on this map was a treasure of information that would have represented the most detailed map of the state known to have existed in the mid-nineteenth century. Today it represents everything we know about Arkansas in 1864, as it is most certainly the most detailed map of the state in regards to the physical and cultural landscape during the Civil War. But this was not just any military map; this was an extraordinarily rare Trans-Mississippi Confederate engineer’s map.

1864 Engineer Map of Arkansas

1864 Engineer Map of Arkansas

Click HERE to see the original 1864 Confederate Engineer Map from which this atlas was drafted.