Map of Virginia and West Virginia, 1860, Mitchell
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1860 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell, Junior. Virginia was one of the three largest states in the South and the most populated, including over half a million slaves. Because of its close proximity to both slave and free states, Virginians identified themselves based on which side of the Allegheny Mountains they lived on. Those in the southwestern region were more closely linked to the plantation culture of the South. Meanwhile, those in the northern regions found themselves to have greater similarities with the industrial states of the Northeast. Despite such diversity, Virginia was the eight state to secede from the Union in 1861. Meanwhile, West Virginia - her neighbor - was the site of John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859. In 1860, slavery was still present in the region. Even so, the territory became an official Union state in 1863, during the very midst of the Civil War.
Thomas, Cowperthwait, and Company was founded sometime in the early 1800s by Joseph Thomas and Hulings Cowperthwait. It operated under this name until 1853. The following year the company name changed to Cowperthwait, Desilver, and Butler. However, this configuration only lasted for about a year, before it became H. Cowperthwait & Company in 1856. After 1860, it appears the company experienced several more alterations, before ceasing publication at the end of the century.
Plate Size: 14" x 11"
Condition: Excellent condition