Professionally Rendered Manuscript Maps of Virginia Waterways 1881
80. [MAP]. CHESLEY, J[ames] A. Two manuscript maps of Virginia shore and waterways, both professionally rendered navigation maps of this portion of the James River complete with landmarks and soundings. Both ca. 1881.  “James River from Point of Shoals Light to City Point.” Manuscript in black ink on thin, translucent sized cartographical cloth. Image area: 44.5 x 128 cm. Moderately foxed (especially heavy on lower blank margin) and trimmed at left side (apparently with some loss). A professionally rendered navigation map of this portion of the James River complete with landmarks and soundings.  Untitled manuscript map in black ink on heavy cartographical paper, on later wooden roller. At upper right: “J. A. Chesley Lieut. U.S. Navy, Commanding U.S. Monitor ‘Mahopac’ off City Point Va April 1881.” Neat line to neat line: 58.7 x 93 cm. A few light spots, right margin chipped with some losses touching neat line, over all very good. The map shows the area on the Appomattox and James Rivers from City Point upstream to approximately Farrar’s Island.
J. A. Chesley, a native of New Hampshire, entered the Navy as a volunteer in 1861 and served during the Civil War. Attaining the rank of Ensign, he was further commissioned as a lieutenant, and then captain. His ship was the ironclad Manhattan. The ship mentioned here, the Mahopac, was commissioned in 1864, saw action in the James River area and at Fort Fisher, and was sold in 1902. ($600-1,000)
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