Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker

Sketch of the Second Battle of Winchester At the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia until May 10, 2009, Jed Hotchkiss: Shenandoah Valley Mapmaker, a collection of Civil War maps by the Confederate Army’s mapmaker.

The amazing maps of Jedediah Hotchkiss helped Confederate officers plan military strategies. With their remarkable accuracy and detail, these maps played a major role in helping Stonewall Jackson achieve his many military successes in the Civil War. …
This fascinating display includes sixty maps, sketches, and digital images from the Library of Congress, two Hotchkiss maps from the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives of Handley Regional Library, and several of the mapmaker’s instruments from the collection of the Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society.

There is a review in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star with the following advisory: “In order to get the most from the Hotchkiss maps, I’d urge bringing a hand magnifying lens.”

(Image: Hotchkiss’s “Sketch of the Second Battle of Winchester,” detail.)