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[Wall map, western theatre] Merritt, Geographical History of the Rail Road Regiment/89th Regiment Of Illinois Vols. Infantry. Chicago, circa 1870. 38¼ x 28. BW. Mounted on linen with original wood rollers. Scattered foxing, a few stains upper left margin. Two small holes in title block and along red ribbon binding upper left margin. Varnish rubbed in a few places, overall Good+. SOLD
A regimental history in the form of a wall map, probably commissioned by the regiment's officers after the war. "Platted and compiled" by Isaac M. Merrit, a Kendall Co. (IL) resident who served with the 89th throughout the war, and left a vivid description of the attack at Missionary Ridge (cited in Lossing's Pictorial History of the Civil War..., Vol. 3, p. 168). Lithographed by Chicago printer Charles Shober.
The map extends from Louisville south to Lovejoy, Georgia and east to Greenville, Tennessee. The regiment was recruited from employees of rail lines that used Chicago as a hub, including the Illinois Central whose corporate officers before the war included George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside!
The regiment saw hard service and sustained many casualties, as related on the map. With a chronology of the unit's engagements; a key identifies lines of march, encampments, battles, and skirmishes. Captions note where the regiment suffered short rations, were detached for special service, "serenaded the brigade" and more. A wealth of information displayed in map format.
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