Where is a good U.S. map showing the nation in 1865?
August 23, 2007 5:06 PM   Subscribe

Where is a good online map depicting the U.S. as it appeared in 1865? I'm particularly interested in the topography of the Midwest and West. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
With the exception of things like the eruption of Mt. St. Helens and the creation of lakes by the Army Corps of Engineers, I'm not sure how much the topography changed.

Here's a 1870 political map from the Historical U.S. maps section of the University of Texas at Austin's Perry-CastaƱeda Library Map Collection.
posted by grouse at 5:18 PM on August 23, 2007

Response by poster: Thanks for the suggested map. I've actually seen one quite similar to that, but alas, it's 1870, and I need one specific to the close of the civil war, 1865.

posted by jackypaper at 5:25 PM on August 23, 2007

As grouse said, the topography probably didn't change much in those intervening five years... is it really a topographic map you're wanting? Guess I'm not clear on what you're hoping to learn/discern from the map.

The Library of Congress' map collection has U.S. maps from 1857 and 1867. There's also Montana in 1865 and Texas in 1865. Doesn't looks like they have anything national from 1865.
posted by mumkin at 7:31 PM on August 23, 2007

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has one, but it appears to be a French map of the period. Download the plugin and search for the date you want. You might also try Yale University's Beinecke Rare Manuscript Library.
posted by pgoes at 9:25 PM on August 23, 2007

More from the Rumsey Collection: US National Atlas, 1866
posted by pgoes at 9:30 PM on August 23, 2007

I couldn't help myself; I like maps:

Territory Of The United States From The Mississippi River To The Pacific Ocean. by Warren, Gouverneur Kemble, 1830-1882 ; Freyhold, Edward from 1868

It may be hard to locate maps specifically showing the West in 1865; most maps of the era were made via military expedition, and the military was busy with other things then. So the survey data would be from pre-Civil War expeditions, but the map would be drawn after the war.
posted by pgoes at 10:17 PM on August 23, 2007

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