Map of Ohio and Indiana, 1863, Mitchell

Map of Ohio and Indiana, 1863, Mitchell

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Map of Ohio and Indiana, 1863, Mitchell

This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1863 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. 1863 marks the year of Morgan’s Raid, named after its leader Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. The raid took place from June 11th- July 26th 1863 during the Civil War, covering 1000 square miles during his journey of terror. On July 12th, Morgan and his team arrived in Dupont, Indiana, where he burnt down the town’s storehouse and stole over 2,000 smoked hams before leaving town (the hams were eventually discarded as they attracted flies). They arrived in Ohio the very next day, where they burned down bridges, railroads, and government stores. He spread terror throughout southern and central Ohio, even managing to survive the Union’s multiple attempts to stop his raid until July 26th when Morgan and his men were defeated in the Battle of Salinville and were captured at West Point in Columbiana County. The impact of Morgan’s Raid was devastating, particularly in Ohio; in total Morgan’s Raid costed Ohio taxpayers over 600,000 in damages.

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.

- Ashley Nicholson

Plate size: 14" x 11.75"

Condition: In excellent condition 

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