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Abbot, Henry L. (1831-1927) Campaign Maps Army of the Potomac, Map No. 1. Yorktown to Williamsburg [Manuscript map signed]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04355.02 Author/Creator: Abbot, Henry L. (1831-1927) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Maps Date: 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Title continues: "Prepared by Command of Maj. Gen. George B. Mc.Clellan U.S.A. Commd’g Army of the Potomac A.A. Humphreys Brig. Gen. and Chief of Top. Engr’s." Accomplished on four pieces on joined wove paper. Photographed at the Coast Survey Office. Signed and inscribed in upper right corner "Genl Heintzelman Respects of Capt. Abbot." Henry Larcom Abbot of the First Topographical Engineers, who compiled this map, was an 1854 West Point graduate. Abbot was wounded at First Manassas; he reached the rank of brevet major general. Postwar, he served as a consulting engineer for the Panama Canal.

People: Abbot, Henry Larcom, 1831-1927.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union General, Union Forces, Surveying, Army of the Potomac

Sub Era: The American Civil War