Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1861. Lithographed map, 19 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches. Backed on archival rice paper, some repaired tears near bottom edge, tiny repair to top margin, minor dust soiling. Overall, very good. The second issue of a rare U.S. government map detailing Charleston Harbor immediately before the beginning of the Civil War. The first issue does not include the imprint from A. Williams, as seen here. The map provides exceptional detail of coastal waterways and numerous depth soundings, as well as a street plan of downtown Charleston. Fort Sumter, the site of the start of the Civil War, is clearly labeled at the center of the chart. The map also names Fort Johnson, Fort Moultrie and Moultrieville, the "Battery erected by the Secessionists," Castle Pinckney on Shute's Folly Island, and other places including Wappoo Creek, James Creek, James Island, Light House Creek, Vincent's Creek, Morris Island, and many more. The map was compiled from surveys by Elliot and Ames, and lithographed by C.D. Andrews. STEPHENSON 373 (first issue). (Inventory #: WRCAM50703)
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