Lot 393: Battle of Chancellorsville

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RR Auction

2015-12-18 16:59:44

Lot 393: Two hand-drawn maps portraying troop movements during the Battle of Chancellorsville prepared by Augustus Choate Hamlin, circa 1890s, including: a detailed ink and watercolor map labeled "Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2nd 1863, time 6.30 to 7 or 7.15, Map No. 6," one page, 13 x 8, identifying the various troop divisions and geographical landmarks; and a map accomplished in ink labeled "Map No. 2, time 8.15 to 10 PM, Path Jackson Took," one page, 10.5 x 8, showing Stonewall Jackson's movements just before being killed by friendly fire. In overall fine condition, with scattered creases and chipping to one edge of the second map. Accompanied by Hamlin's 1896 book, The Battle of Chancellorsville: Jackson's Attack, in which versions of these maps are published.Augustus Choate Hamlin, the nephew of Lincoln's first vice president, Hannibal Hamlin, was a surgeon in the Union XI Corps that took part in the battle. Despite vastly outnumbering the Confederate troops, the Union was dealt a demoralizing loss at Chancellorsville. The first map offers a grand overview of the situation on the evening of May 2, 1863, as Jackson's men continued their rout of Howard's XI Corps. In addition to recording the positions of the Union corps, Hamlin takes note of "Stuart Cav," "A. P. Hill's Div," and "Genl Lee," behind the divisions commanded by Richard Anderson and Lafayette McLaws. The second map is also of tremendous interest as Hamlin points out the path Jackson took during the daring flank attack during which he was killed. With both aesthetic and historical appeal, this is an outstanding pair of desirable hand-drawn maps. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467 Wednesday, 13th January 2016 Estimate: $6000-8000
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