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Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War

Second Edition

Aaron Sheehan-Dean

Publication Date - March 2020

ISBN: 9780190084776

144 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

The only Civil War atlas designed expressly for students


Offering a striking and reasonably priced alternative to expensive atlases that focus almost exclusively on military movements, Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War, Second Edition, is the only atlas that includes data maps and covers key issues before and after the war years. It balances military and non-military coverage, presenting maps that deal with political and social changes along with campaign and battle maps. Accessible to students with limited geographic knowledge, the maps are clearly labeled, with key features marked. Each map is accompanied by a short narrative that provides helpful contextual information.

New to this Edition

  • Revisions of nearly every map improve their readability and overall effectiveness as study tools
  • More explicitly shows the sequence of battles during a campaign, by numbering each battle in chronological order
  • Campaign maps now indicate whether a battle resulted in a Union victory, a Confederate victory, or a tactical draw
  • Features several new maps including those that show the cash value of farms in the U.S. in 1860; Indian conflicts during the Civil War; POW camps in both the North and the South; and the enfranchisement and disfranchisement of African American voters in the period between 1871 and 1904
  • Instructors who adopt this atlas will have access to PowerPoint slides for all of its maps


  • Presents a concise and readable geographic account of the U.S. Civil War
  • Represents the major campaigns and significant battles, in both the eastern and western theaters
  • Illustrates most of the important themes of the conflict--from emancipation and occupation to politics and civil liberties
  • Covers not just the war years but the antebellum and Reconstruction eras as well, with maps of industrialization, agriculture, and politics that help establish the context within which Americans initiated and recovered from war
  • Each map is accompanied by a page of text that provides context
  • Offers campaign, battle, and data maps that together provide students with a comprehensive visual and graphical narrative of the war
  • Campaign maps feature text boxes that list casualty figures for each side in the major conflicts noted on each map

About the Author(s)

Aaron Sheehan-Dean is Department Chair and Fred C. Frey Professor of History at Louisiana State University. He is the author of the award-winning The Calculus of Violence: How Americans Fought the Civil War (2018) and Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia (2007) and the coauthor of American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context, Third Edition (OUP, 2017).


"The Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War does an excellent job of taking what many see as mundane and turning it into something approachable for undergraduate students. In fifty-six remarkably accessible maps and brief narratives with engaging prose, it provides students with an essential background in Civil War history beyond the traditional military narrative. Moreover, the maps offer educators an indispensable tool to turn often dry numbers, complex military maneuvers, and vast geographies into straightforward visual records."--Jeff Fortney, Florida Gulf Coast University

"This atlas is a highly effective tool for creating the mental geography students need to understand the Civil War era."--Allen C. Guelzo, Gettysburg College

"I could not imagine teaching my Civil War course without the Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War. I could not reach my students as effectively without it. It is tremendously helpful in relaying detailed information about important events and issues in a spatial form and also delivers precisely the right amount of information so that the maps make sense."--Amy Morsman, Middlebury College

"The Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War is a useful and informative resource. It is well written and organized and works both as an excellent introduction to the Civil War and also as a useful supplement for those taking a more in-depth course on the subject. It would also work well for someone touring battlefields or learning the subject on their own. I can easily imagine it being assigned in a course alongside other readings and referenced during in-class discussions."--Paul Milazzo, Ohio University

"This atlas does an excellent job of balancing a narrative history of the Civil War, broadly conceived, with maps that illustrate key data."--Charles Delgadillo, California Polytechnic University

"This atlas is an informative, imaginative, and detailed teaching tool that helps students understand the links among geography, terrain, combat, and politics in the Civil War."--Ken Heineman, Angelo State University

Table of Contents


    1. U.S. Territorial Growth (1776-1860)
    2. U.S. Population (1860)
    3. Slaveholding in the United States (1860)
    4. Manufacturing Establishments in the United States (1860)
    5. Cash Values of Farms in the United States (1860)
    6. U.S. Presidential Election (1860)
    7. Secession (1860-1861)
    8. Transportation Routes in the South (1860)
    9. Physical Geography
    10. Virginia (1861)
    11. Wealth in the United States (1860)
    12. Missouri (1861-1862)
    13. Enlistment (1861-1865)
    14. Tennessee (Spring 1862)
    15. Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862)
    16. Shenandoah Valley (Spring 1862)
    17. The Peninsula Campaign (April-June 1862)
    18. The Seven Days Campaign (June 25-July 1, 1862)
    19. Habeas Corpus Suspension in the Union
    20. Habeas Corpus Suspension in the Confederate States
    21. Naval Campaigns and Blockade (1861-1862)
    22. Virginia (Summer 1862)
    23. Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862)
    24. Effect of the Emancipation Proclamation
    25. Kentucky-Tennessee (Fall 1862)
    26. Native American Conflicts (1856-1865)
    27. U.S. Congressional Elections (Fall 1862)
    28. Battle of Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862)
    29. Battle of Chancellorsville (May 1-6, 1863)
    30. The Pennsylvania Campaign (June-July 1863)
    31. Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863)
    32. Dissent (1861-1865)
    33. The Vicksburg Campaigns (December 1862-July 1863)
    34. Southern Refugee Movement (1861-1865)
    35. Contraband Camps (1862-1865)
    36. Tennessee (Summer-Fall 1863)
    37. C.S. Congressional Elections (Fall 1863)
    38. The Overland Campaign (May-June 1864)
    39. Petersburg (Summer-Fall 1864)
    40. Prisoner of War Camps (1861-1865)
    41. Shenandoah Valley (Fall 1864)
    42. Naval Campaigns and Blockade (1863-1865)
    43. Union Occupation (1861-1865)
    44. Battles of Atlanta (July 20-September 2, 1864)
    45. Sherman's Georgia/Carolinas Campaign (November 1864-April 1865)
    46. U.S. Congressional Elections (Fall 1864)
    47. Tennessee (Fall 1864)
    48. The Appomattox Campaign (April 1865)
    49. Black Population in the United States (1880)
    50. Support for the Civil Rights Act of 1866
    51. Military Reconstruction Districts (1867-1870)
    52. U.S. Congressional Elections (Fall 1874)
    53. U.S. Presidential Election (1876)
    54. Sharecropping in the United States (1880)
    55. Manufacturing Workers in the United States (1880)
    56. Enfranchisement and Disfranchisement (1872-1904)

    Selected Bibliography

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