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Map, Military, Civil War, Our Nation’s Camp Ground, New York, 1861

$2,400

Our Nation’s Camp Ground
Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, New York: 1861
Hand-colored lithograph
24.25 x 15.25 inches, image
27.5 x 17.75 inches, overall
$2,400

Large Civil War broadside supportive of the Union side, prominently featuring a detailed county map of the Mid-Atlantic States surrounded by six patriotic illustrations and slogans, and a map of Washington, D.C. The main map includes all of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia, most of Pennsylvania, most of present day Virginia and West Virginia (combined as “Virginia”), and portions of surrounding states. In addition to county lines, the map shows towns, rivers, and railroads. Mountain ranges are shaded. The counties are colored in pale shades of blue, pink and yellow; illustrations are accented in shades of red, yellow and blue. State lines are highlighted with bold red outlines, and Lynchburg and Richmond, Virginia, are underlined in red. The Washington, D.C, map has small insets of a Plan of the Capitol and the Port of Washington. A decorative border surrounds the entire broadside.

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Description

Above the main map is the title and three illustrations: “The Star Spangled Banner” flying in the foreground above a harbor apparently representing Fort McHenry; “The Outrage on the American Flag at Fort Sumter,” showing billowing smoke pouring out of the fort following the Confederate attack; and a sailor holding the pole of a large flag beside a cannon labeled “Peace Maker” with the caption, “‘If any one attempts to haul down the AMERICAN FLAG shoot him on the spot.’ – Gen. John A. Dix.” In the lower right corner of the main map is a crowd saluting a flag titled “Constitution & Laws.” Below the main map, the Washington map is flanked by allegorical female figures. “Justice Disarmed” holds pieces of a broken balance scale; “Liberty Weeping” has lowered her flag and shield and cast her eyes downward.

Timothy and Edward Ensign were partners in a New York City printing firm, active in a series of partnerships between 1841 and 1861, working with Phelps and Humphrey, as Ensigns & Thayer (with Horace Thayer), and finally, as Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning. Over their career they produced a number of notable prints on subjects from American history as well as maps and U.S. traveler’s guides.

Full publication information: Published by Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning, 156 William Street, N.Y.

Condition:  Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, with only light remaining toning, wear, handling.

References:

Groce, George C. and Wallace, David H. The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America 1564-1860. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1969. p. 15.

Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. pp. 181, 325.

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Century

19th Century