This fascinating print is half view, half map. The scene looks down upon the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from a ‘bird’s eye view.’ It shows the progress of the Union blockade against the Confederates, and it was designed for a Northern audience. Along the right side one can see Wilmington, Baltimore, and Harper’s Ferry, including the water and road network that connected these points to the south. Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Washington are seen in the center of the image, with fine detail. Also shown are the forts and ships along and in the Chesapeake and to the north. A dramatic and informative image of the center of action during the Civil War.
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Civil War Panorama of Seat of War
John Bachmann. “Bird’s Eye View of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.” From a series entitled “Panorama of the Seat of War.” New York: Charles Magnus, 1864. 18 x 28 (image) 23 1/4 x 31 (full sheet). Tinted lithograph. Repaired tears in margins. Stain down center. Conserved and overall good appearance.