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 Map of a 3,600-Mile Overland March in the Mexican-American War

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291.     [MAP]. EDWARDS, Frank S. Map Showing Col. A.W. Doniphan’s Route Through the States of New Mexico, Chihuahua, and Coahuila [below neat line] Lith. of Thos. Sinclair, 79 So. Third St. Phila. | Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1847 by Carey & Hart in the Clerks office of the District court of the Eastern District of Pennsyla. Philadelphia, 1847. Lithograph military-Borderland map, neat line to neat line: 39 x 32.8 cm; overall sheet size: 41.2 x 33.5 cm. Soft creases where formerly folded, right blank margin slightly browned and with a few chips (not visible through mat), otherwise very fine, framed and glazed.

     The map was published in Frank S. Edwards’ A Campaign in New Mexico with Colonel Doniphan… (Philadelphia, 1847). References to book: Garrett & Goodwin, The Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, pp. 146-147. Graff 1211. Howes E52. Plains & Rockies IV:132. Reference to map: Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West #543 & Vol. III, p. 9: “An excellent representation of the region covered.”

     This military map from the U.S.-Mexican War shows Doniphan’s route from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to Santa Fe, then down the Rio Grande, back up to El Paso, west to Chihuahua, then to the coast of the Gulf of Mexico slightly south of the mouth of the Rio Grande. Symbols locate ranches, springs, forts, villages, towns, cities, and Native American settlements. Texas, which is shown on a large scale, is the predominant feature on the map and the Cross Timbers are shown as a dense series of miniature trees.

     Edwards accompanied the Mexican-American War expedition by A.W. Doniphan and the 1st Missouri Mounted Volunteers, who occupied Santa Fe, secured New Mexico, made peace with the Navajo, and occupied Chihuahua. This expedition, which ended by land at Matamoros, is still considered one of the most brilliant long military marches ever made; the force, with no quartermaster, paymaster, commissary, uniforms, tents, or even military discipline, covered 3,600 miles by land and over 2,000 by water, all in the course of twelve months. This map delineates the route and the territory they covered.


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