Map of the Plan of the City of Washington, 1861, Mitchell

Map of the Plan of the City of Washington, 1861, Mitchell

Regular price $110.00
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1861 by American mapmaker Samuel Augusts Mitchell, Junior. In April of 1861, the Civil War began; Lincoln had been attempting to gather forces in order to protect Washington D.C., but this would almost prove futile. The first immediate threat to Washington came when Confederates began to enter the city on April 10th of that year, as taking the city of Washington D.C. meant for a swift victory and a better chance at gaining independence. Though it seemed impossible that reinforcements would ever arrive, reinforcements would eventually be able to arrive on April 25th of 1861, thanks to the creation of a railroad system which circumvented Baltimore, luckily saving the capital from the hands of the Confederacy. 

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.

This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 13.5" x 11". Published in Philadelphia by S.A. Mitchell in 1861.
- Ashley Nicholson

Plate size: 13.5" x 11"

Condition: Some foxing but otherwise in fine condition.

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