Rare New Orleans Civil War imprint showing the area centered on the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois.
The map shows parts of Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky. The map shows roads, railroads, towns, troop positions at New Madrid, drainage, and fortifications at Cairo, Illinois, and Birds Point, Missouri.
Julius Manouvrier was a Frenchman who operated a printing business in New Orleans until about 1872. He is also noteworthy as the printer for the Manouvrier Note, a $5.00 note of the Confederate Government issued in New Orleans in July 1861. The following entry is included in the Dictionary of Louisiana Biography:
MANOUVRIER, Julius, lithographer. Born, Bremen, Prussia, February 10, 1816; son of Pierre Joseph Manouvrier. Wife Josephine (b. 1824), native of Indiana. Children: Charlotte (b. 1853), Josephine (b. 1858), Paul (b. 1859), Julia (b. 1863). Arrived in New Orleans in 1835; established lithographic business, 1837; in business until ca. 1872; partnerships included François Chavin, ca. 1842-1844, Perez Snell, ca. 1846-1852, John Boehler, ca. 1861-1865, and Dionis Simon, 1864-1876; first known lithograph published New Orleans City Directory for 1838; known for producing maps and views of New Orleans. Died, New Orleans, August 23, 1875. P.O. Sources: 1860 Census; 1870 Census; obituary, New Orleans Daily Picayune, August 24, 1875; Opelousas Daily World, October 3, 1982; The Historic New Orleans Collection, Encyclopaedia of New Orleans Artists, 1718-1918 (1987).
The map is very rare on the market. We note only one copy which was at auction in 1966 at Park Bernet Galleries.