Military Mapping Against All Odds: Topographical Reconnaissance in the United States from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War

  • Imre Josef DemhardtEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC)


Most map collections abound with cartographic items documenting military operations. On closer inspection, however, it becomes evident that the vast majority of these items are post festum drawings of what happened in the actual theatres of war. Much rarer are ante bellum mappings of possible theatres of war in response to the common wisdom that timely preparation does spare a good deal of trouble in time of need. This paper1 explores some aspects of anticipatory and reflective military mapping in the United States during the eight decades between the Revolutionary War (1775–1783) and the Civil War (1861–1865).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

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