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Archive: June 2019 (2 Posts)

Hand drawn map on discolored paper

Map Helps Uncover Civil War Battlefield Tunnels at Petersburg, Virginia

Posted by: Ryan Moore

The Union ambitiously tunneled 511 feet to reach the Confederate lines during siege of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864. Unique to this Civil War battle, they set off a massive explosion that created a 170-by-120-feet crater beneath the Confederate lines and stormed the defenses in a failed effort, known as the Battle of the Crater. Thereafter, the Confederates worried …

Il Tricolore Italiano in Tripolitania e Cirenaica Diario Illustrata della Geurra Italo-Turca. Panorama dimostrativo della Battaglia del 26 Ottobre 1911, 1911 November 1. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress.

A Cartographic Memento From a Small War

Posted by: Mike Klein

Most historians consider the Italo-Ottoman War, 1911-12, as a prelude to World War I. Although it has fallen into obscurity, some relics, such as this compelling panoramic map of the war’s first major engagement, may revive our interest. Italy’s claims to North Africa were rooted in Roman times. Over the millennia, the provinces of Tripolitania …