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Fine example of this highly detailed map of the Mississippi River, which accompanied the Report of Major Gen. John Pope to the Committee on the Conduct of the Civil War.

The map shows the Mississippi River between Tiptonville and the New Madrid area, with islands, fortifications, gunboats, land based redoubts at Mrs. Donaldson('s) and Mrs. Isler('s); street plans and buildings of New Madrid, Pt. Pleasant, Riddle's Pt. and Tiptonville; Reel Foot Lake (and area to east drained by Reel Foot River shown as "Impassable for Troops on account of High Water"); various roads (including 2 which go through the lake), landowners' names (Dr. Hawkins, Dr. Martin's, Dan. Watson's, Harris, Darnell's, Lavelle's , Phillip's and Mrs. Merryweather's {landing}); "Final Position of U.S. Forces, resulting in the capture of the Rebels." just north of Tiptonville; "Gen;. Palmer's Lower Battery2.24 Ppdrs. and 2.1 Ppdrs. parrots" south of Riddle's Point.

Also shows the "Canal Excavated" by Gen. Pope's forces (and conscripted slaves) to circumvent the bend in the Mississippi defended by Island No. 10. Most important map of that battle and area during The War.A key map for a the Civil War collector who is interested in following the operations involved in the capture of New Madrid and Island No. 10 in the early months of 1862. The detailed map shows the roads, houses, batteries and gunboats in the Mississippi.

One of the most decorative and regionally appealing maps produced during the Civil War.

Reference
Stephenson, R.W. (CW) 299.8.