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Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War

Aaron Sheehan-Dean

Publication Date - December 2008

ISBN: 9780195309584

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

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $32.95

The only Civil War atlas that features data maps and illustrates key issues before and after the war years


There are few events as central to the American historical consciousness as the Civil War, which is a fascinating area of interest for students and general readers alike. One of the most efficient ways to study a war is with an atlas; however, most of the atlases devoted to this period focus almost exclusively on military movements and are prohibitively expensive for use in undergraduate courses. Offering a striking and reasonably priced alternative to these books, the Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War 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 as well as campaign and battle maps.
Laid out chronologically and representing the complexity of the war both visually and textually, Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War is an ideal study aid. Through detailed presentation of physical geography, it highlights the role of the landscape in troop movements and in social and demographic developments. Students can follow all the major campaigns of both the eastern and western theaters, examine the tactical movements in the major battles, and explore the geographic patterns behind issues like emancipation, occupation, and internal conflicts. The atlas features maps dealing with such subjects as economic capacity (both agricultural and industrial), enlistment rates, and the movement of escaped slaves. The maps also integrate information on the divisions that existed within the North and the South themselves. 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.
Featuring uniquely comprehensive coverage, the Concise Historical Atlas of the U.S. Civil War includes several maps situating the conflict in its antebellum origins as well as maps--of politics, sharecropping, and race relations--that extend the story through the end of Reconstruction. Ideal for use in U.S. Civil War History, Civil War and Reconstruction, and Southern History courses, this volume offers both novice and more experienced students new perspectives on the most significant events and circumstances of the era.


"This unique atlas includes the usual maps of military campaigns and battles--but much more besides. The maps illustrating political and social developments during Reconstruction as well as the Civil War are a valuable feature not found in other atlases. The essays accompanying each map offer a concise history of the era as an added bonus."--James M. McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom

"This atlas meets a longstanding need in the field of Civil War-era studies by presenting a wealth of military, political, social, and economic information in an easy-to-use format. Its combination of clear maps and Aaron Sheehan-Dean's perceptive accompanying text should appeal to a wide audience of both beginning and veteran students."--Gary W. Gallagher, author of Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten

"I was initially skeptical of the need for another Civil War atlas. This one provides easy-to-understand maps and text for the general student. It simplifies some complex information without being simplistic."--Mackubin Thomas Owens, Professor of National Security Studies, U.S. Naval War College

Table of Contents

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