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Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War | 19th C. & Prior 

Militaria Collectibles & Firearm Auction - 19th C. and prior, with a heavy concentration on periods surrounding the Civil War, Indian Wars, and Spanish-American War. A diverse, offering, to include: Uniforms, Headgear, Photography, Edged Weapons, Firearms, Ordnance / Artillery & Projectiles, Gear & Equipment, Cloth, Musical Instruments, Art, Documents & Letters, Medals & Awards. 

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Auction Description of Lot 17106 | UNRECORDED CIVIL WAR JEFFERSON DAVIS CAPTURE MAParticle 2 report


Historically significant unrecorded map with handwritten additions and notes Detailing the Pursuit and Capture of Jefferson Davis. Original linen Map of Georgia. In his January 17, 1867 report to Congress on the pursuit and capture of Jefferson Davis, J. H. Wilson, Bvt. Maj.Gen. U.S. Army, concluded his report “I transmit herewith a map showing the railroads, rivers and important points mentioned in this report, and from which the movements and dispositions of the troops under my command may be fully understood.” Following the report is the notation “*Map not found.”

Well, some 150 years after the pursuit and capture of Davis the map had been found. It is on linen, 32 inches wide by 35 inches in length, labeled in a fine hand “Map of Georgia, Showing the Disposition of the Cavalry Corps, M.D.M., Bvt. Maj. Gen. J. H. Wilson, Comdg. During the Pursuit and Capture of Jeff. Davis. May 1865. To accompany Report dated Jan. 17, 1867.” The map is partially printed, partially drawn by hand, the movement and dispatch of the troops pursuing Davis are drawn in detail concluding with the penned note “Jeff Davis captured May 10, 1865.”

Included with the map is a 14-page House of Representatives Bill No. 1277 dated June 17, 1868 entitled “Capture of Jefferson Davis” authorizing the payment of the $100,000 reward offered by the President of the United States in May, 1865, for the capture of Jefferson Davis enumerating the distribution of the reward.
Also included with the Map:
1. House of Representatives 39th Congress 2d Session, Mis. Doc. No. 82. January 15, 1867. Capture of Jefferson Davis “Evidence submitted to the Committee of article 4 georgiaClaims by the Claimants for the reward for the capture of Jefferson Davis. 26 pages.
2. Senate 39th Congress 2d Session, Ex. Doc. No. 13. Letter of the Secretary of War, communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 26th instant, the report of Major General J. H. Wilson on the capture of Jefferson Davis. January 31, 1867. 8 pages.
3. Senate 39th Congress, 1st Session Ex. Doc. No. 6?. Letter of the Secretary of War communicating In compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 24th ultimo, the evidence upon which the awards for the apprehension of Jefferson Davis were made. April 30, 1866. 39 pages.
4. A copy of J. H. Wilson’s report of January 17, 1867 from The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies [Serial No. 103, pages 370-380]. Size: 32x35"
Provenance: For more than 40 years, Broadfoot Publishing has been engaged in the business of buying and selling rare military books. Within the normal course of business, they purchase large rare military book collections. This map was purchased in a collection some years ago. It was only recently discovered within a small box, in among a Civil War book collection. In the box, the map was folded and found with the 14-page House of Representatives Bill No. 1277 dated June 17, 1868 entitled “Capture of Jefferson Davis” (also included with this lot). Since Broadfoot has purchased more than 500 book collections it would be impossible to determine the collection from which the map originated. The map is consigned through Broadfoot Publishing.

Additional information regarding:UNRECORDED CIVIL WAR JEFFERSON DAVIS CAPTURE MAP - Lost for 150 years

Lot Viewing: 

  • Wednesday, May 25th: 12noon - 5pm
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  • Thursday, May 26th: 12noon - 5pm
  • Friday, May 27th: 12noon - 5pm
  • Saturday, May 28th (Day of Sale): 11am - End of Sale
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