1864 Engineer Map of Arkansas

1864 Engineer Map of Arkansas

The new Arkansas in the Civil War: A Military Atlas is based on the original 1864 Confederate engineer map seen here. Under the direction of Richard Venable, this original map is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece. The original map is located in the National Archives and was compiled using surveys and military reconnaissance by order of Lieut. Col. H. T. Douglas. Richard M.Venable was Captain and Chief of Topographical Engineers in the District of west Louisiana and Arkansas. According to the finding aid, the scale ratio is 1 inch to 4 miles. The original map was created in two sections, each measuring 35” x 77”. The roads shown in red were reconnoitered by the Confederate engineers; roads shown in blue were taken from township maps and other sources. Double, dotted, and broken lines differentiate between public roads, settlement roads, and trails. County boundaries and prairies are shown in color and the original map also shows swamps and overflowed lands, drainage features, railroad lines, and names of some residents. Some relief is indicated by hachures. The original artifact is filed in the National Archives as RG 77: drawer 123, sheet 15 (SF OS).

Arkansas in the Civil War: A Military Atlas is expected to be available for sale by June 10, 2016 just in time to receive yours by FATHER’s DAY!


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