Jedediah Hotchkiss, Famed Confederate Mapmaker for Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, Original Map
Ink and watercolor map, approx. 8 x 5 in. (sight), by Jedediah Hotchkiss (1828-1899), drawn soon after the Civil War. The map was previously part of a recently discovered bound report that included surveys and maps of a large parcel of land in Virginia, created by Hotchkiss in 1872.
Hotchkiss was a cartographer whose maps contributed to the success of Gen. Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862. Maps were vital sources of information that helped generals plan their attacks based on the terrain. Hotchkiss created maps for other notable Confederate generals including: Early, Ewell, and Lee. After the war he continued to create maps as a topographical engineer. Many examples of his work are in the Library of Congress. The post-war map is professionally framed together with modern portraits of Jackson and Hotchkiss, along with Jackson's famous order to Hotchkiss: "I want you to make me a map of the Valley..." 21.25 x 11.5 in. overall.
Housed under museum quality, UV glass and flanked by two modern copies of period photographs of Jackson and Hotchkiss. The color and paper remain clean and bold, but the map has not been viewed outside the frame. The map shows some creasing near top right corner and near center, with some very faint spotting throughout.