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Rare Civil War Bird’s-Eye View of Mississippi River Delta

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51.     [BIRD’S-EYE VIEW]. BACHMANN, John. Panorama of the Seat of War. Birds Eye View of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Part of Florida John Bachmann, Publisher, 115 & 117 Nassau St., New York. [below image at center] Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1861 by John Bachmann in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the U.S. for the Southern District of New York. New York, 1861. [below image at right] Drawn from Nature and Lith by John Bachmann [distance tables at left and right]. Three-color chromolithograph in shades of blue, green, yellow, and black, showing entire mouth of the Mississippi and coastline from South West Pass to Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola; forts and towns indicated by indistinct, miniature bird’s-eye views; rivers, estuaries, and other topographical features; roads, railroads, many ships at sea. Image: 46.5 x 71.5 cm; image with titles and imprint: 56 x 71.5 cm. Light stain at centerfold, a few scattered fox marks, three small tears at lower blank margin (no losses), otherwise fine. Matted and framed under Plexiglas. Not examined outside frame.

     First edition. This is the mid- and east Gulf coast section of a six-sheet aerial view of the Confederate States in 1861. Rumsey 2780. Stephenson, Civil War Maps 1.7. See preceding item for notes on Bachmann and this remarkable series of Civil War views. Because of its scale, the present map reveals considerable detail about the area shown, which continues north all the way to Vicksburg.

     This view concentrates on the mouth of the Mississippi River and the defenses around New Orleans, both those at the river mouth and those to the east at Lake Borgne at the eastern approach. Included are Forts Jackson, St. Philip, Wood, and Pike. The east end shows Fort Pickens guarding the entrance to Pensacola Bay, and Fort Morgan at the entrance to Mobile Bay. Many of these places would become famous for battles during the war, including the fortifications at Mobile, which occasioned the famous phrase: “Damn the torpedoes!”

     See Item 50 herein for notes on Bachmann and his series of Civil War views.


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