Map of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, 1862, Mitchell
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1862 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. Depicted in this county map are Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. All three states supported the Union war effort by providing thousands of men to serve in the army. Furthermore, the states were able to produce large supplies of ammunition because of their manufacturing capabilities in the regions. Throughout the wartime, these states sought to influence the antislavery movement. Following the Civil War, Rhode Island and Massachusetts abolished racial segregation altogether, and post-war immigration to these states increased.
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 14" x 11". Published in Pennsylvania by S.A. Mitchell in 1862.
Plate size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Some marks, but otherwise in fine condition