CIVIL WAR DIAGRAMS; PONTOON BOATS, WAGONS, BULLETS
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Sold Date: 03/21/2008
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Militaria & Weapons
One complete, uncut, ORIGINAL Civil War Atlas sheet...18" by 29"...from the 1890s US Government limited issue ATLAS TO ACCOMPANY THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.Plate number 106, in Near Mint original condition, contains over 50 Civil War drawings and diagrams including: TRESTLE USED WITH CANVAS PONTOON BOATS, METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING BRIDGES WITH CANVAS PONTOONS, CHESS WAGON FOR CANVAS PONTOON TRAIN, PLAN OF SMALL CANVAS PONTOON, PONTOON COVER, PLAN OF LARGE CANVAS PONTOON BRIDGE, ABOUT THIRTY "DRAWINGS OF RIFLED PROJECTILES USED BY THE REBELS IN THE VIRGINIA CAMPAIGN OF 1864". THE OFFICIAL ATLAS, as it is called, represents the culmination of decades of research after The War, and was contributed to by the military leaders of The War, civil engineers and cartographers, and was intended to be THE companion to The OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE CIVIL WAR. The Atlas contains 178 large sheets, mostly with individual maps tracing events from before Fort Sumter and through to Appomattox, with key battle-grounds and key regions detailed in topographical format, and these outstanding diagrams are exceptions to the average Atlas plate.
The complete ATLASES were not available to the public, rather they were sent in a series of five sheets at a time to the three branches of government and to federal and state agencies and libraries.
When THE OFFICIAL ATLAS was printed, over a century ago, each large sheet was folded once, neatly, left side over right and this beautiful example has been preserved PERFECTLY, and has retained its original sharp, bold, crisp character.
Please note, and this is important. This is an ENTIRE Atlas map sheet. It is NOT a part of a plate nor is it a cut piece, but it is the whole plate as it was lithographed over a century ago. I will never cut pieces from these rare antique map sheets and sell the smaller slips of paper separately. Besides the obvious beauty and historic charm of this piece, a very large part of its long term investment value is in its entirety.
$6.00 will cover your insured shipping cost in the USA.
Plate will be rolled carefully, packed extremely well into a rigid tube, and sent to you in a Priority mailer. Scan shows, of course, just a portion of this complete, Full, Original Civil W ar Atlas sheet. The three scanned pictures show smaller than actual. This is a nice, large, original Civil War diagram composite sheet.
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