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​Exhibitions | General Percy’s Map of New York

From August 27, 2014 through to February 2015, the Brooklyn Historical Society will present an exhibition, “Unlocking Two Revolutionary War Era Maps”. The exhibition will include a map of New York used by British General Hugh Percy, who commanded a British Division during the Battle of Long Island. Notations that Percy made before the battle concerning American troop locations are still visible. The map was purchased jointly by the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Green-Wood Historic Fund in 2013. For more on the story of the Percy map, see this recent article in The New York Times.

Percy map detail courtesy NY Times

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Maps of HMS Phoenix

This is the initial entry in a series about the H.M.S. Phoenix, a 44 gun, 5th rate Frigate that was one in a long line of ships with the same name to serve in the Royal Navy. The series will cover the actions of the Phoenix during the American War of Independence and the maps that are relevant to her service.The Phoenix entered British [...]

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Hotchkiss’ Shenandoah Valley Map

Detail of Jedediah Hotchkiss’ 1862 Shenandoah Valley MapIn the spring of 1862, Major General “Stonewall” Jackson and his foot cavalry out-maneuvered the Union army by marching over hundreds of miles over the Shenandoah Valley’s roads and putting his forces in positions to win numerous engagements and five major battles. One of the secrets to Jackson's [...]

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Military Engineers | Sir Thomas Hyde Page

Captain Sir Thomas Hyde Page (1746-1821) by James NorthcoteCaptain Sir Thomas Hyde Page was born in the City of Westminster in 1746. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a military engineer after attending the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich. He was first cadet at the academy and received a gold medal from George [...]

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Maps | Battle of Monmouth Original Sold at Auction

Revolutionary War Map to Remain in Private HandsAn original map of the Battle of Monmouth by Michel Capitaine du Chesnoy, the cartographer and aide-de-camp of Marquis de Lafayette, was recently sold at an auction for $486,400. The hand drawn map was purchased by a private collector at an auction held by Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, [...]

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Exhibitions | Charting New Netherland, 1597–1682

The New Netherland Institute presents Charting New Netherland, 1597-1682, an online exhibition detailing the exploration of the New World through maps.

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