pl. XXXIII, Fredricksburg

United States War Department

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A highly detailed color chromolithograph depicting a civil war battle from the "Atlas to accompany the official records of the Union and Confederate armies 1861-1865" published in Julius Bien in New York for the United States War Department in 1891-1895, under the direction of the Hons. Redfield Proctor, Stephen B. Elkins, and Daniel S. Lamont, Secretaries of War, George B. Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley ; and was compiled by Calvin D. Cowles. This print measures 29.5"x18.5" Collection of the records began in 1864; no special attention was paid to Confederate records until just after the capture of Richmond , Virginia, in 1865, when with the help of Confederate Gen. Samuel Cooper, Union Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck began the task of collecting and preserving the archives of the Confederacy. In 1866 a joint resolution of Congress authorized the compilation and publication under auspices of the War Department. Eventually, seventeen Secretaries of War were involved in the process. In 1877, Army Captain Robert N. Scott was appointed by the Secretary of War as director of the Publications Office, War Records. (Scott's name appears in each volume as the preparer, listed with the rank of Brevett Lieutenant Colonell, 3rd U.S. Artillery.) The original title for the records was The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion and they were later renamed The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, which has led to some lasting controversy over the official namee for the war. As finally published, the records consist of 138,579 pages with 1,006 maps and diagrams assembled in 128 books, organized as 70 volumes grouped in four series, published between 1881 and 1901. Each of the four series of books in the compilation is divided into "volumes" numbered from the beginning of the series with roman numerals In series II, III, and IV each "volume" coincides with a book. In series I, however, it was found to be usually impracticable, beginning with volume X, to confine "volumes," as units of content, within single books. Volume X and most subsequent volumes in series I were therefore issued in "parts" distinguished by subsidiary roman numerals, each occupying a separate book. Beginning with volume XXIV, Arabic"serial numbers" were also printed on the backs of the books issued, although these numbers were not included on the title pages, and are therefore not universally used in citations. A companion volume, the Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, the volume in which this print is from, was published in 1895. It included maps of military operations (175 plates), a topographic map of the area of operations (26 plates), and some drawings of weapons, uniforms, insignia, and flags. Overall this print is in very good condition with some foxing and staining. A few small tears and creases. Bookseller Inventory # SF003748434011

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Title: pl. XXXIII, Fredricksburg

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Very Good

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