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Thirteen Maps drawn by Earl B. McElfresh featured in Lincoln's Lieutenants by Stephen Sears.

McElfresh Map Company on the internet....


An interesting blog post about our maps appeared on Emerging Civil War.

Our Pearl Harbor Map in the Olean Times Herald


The Travel Hour with Host Matthew Stevenson

AND VIDEO..........

"C-Span Book TV after Maps and Mapmakers was published."

New Products!

We have started a new line of fine print Civil War maps. Bull Run and Antietam are now available. Sized at 8 1/2" by 11" the maps are printed on one hundred pound text weight paper. They are beautiful and suitable to be framed. The are packaged in an acrylic sleeve and are signed and dated on the back.

Civil War Times Article

An article by Earl B. McElfresh, our cartographer, entitled "Fighting on Strange Ground" is the August issue of Civil War Times. Currently available on news stands.

Symposium E-Book Series

McElfresh Map Company just published our third Symposium of Lectures and Articles on Military Mapping. This section is devoted not so much to mapping but to Abraham Lincoln. There are two article included: one describes Abraham Lincoln's White House office and the other describes Francis Carpenter's painting The First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet. All of the items in the painting, from the pictures on the wall to the papers on the floor, have some significance in relation to the preparation and presentation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Two Views From Inside Lincoln's White House is available at and at the price is $.99. *****

Earl B. McElfresh's Blog

Great News! We now have a Mapping Blog at our sister site Tammy Norie Press. The link will take you right to the blog. Sign up there for a subscription.


The Civil War: The Second Year Told by Those Who Lived It has been published by Library of America and is available now. As with the first volume, the end paper maps were prepared by McElfresh Map Company.

The maps include a theater map "American at War 1862" with the 1862 battle sites highlighted, carefully detailed maps of the Shiloh Battlefield and the Antietam Battlefield. As well as a map of the Virginia Peninsula which garnered the special praise of Stephen Sears, the pre-eminent authority of that campaign.

All of the maps are ink and watercolor -- Shiloh and Antietam show woods, structures, crops, and the names of residents.


It is Read an E-book week at Our two sections in The Symposium Series are available free until March 10:

Marching with Maps and Civil War Mapping and the Shenandoah Valley

U.S. Grant and The Vicksburg Campaign

Just enter the coupon code listed on the above pages.


The Torn in Two Exhibit has left the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library and is now on display at the Grolier Club at 47 East 60th Street in Manhattan. McElfresh Map Company is proud that our Freedom Track's Map is traveling along with the exhibit.


New to Your e-Shelf.

McElfresh Map Company is e-publishing A Symposium of Lectures and Articles on Military Mapping. The ongoing series will be adapted from presentations made and articles written by Earl B. McElfresh, from monographs that accompany published McElfresh Maps as well as radio presentations broadcast by NPR affiliate WBFO in Buffalo, NY.

The first two sections in the series are now available on Smashwords:

Marching With Maps & Civil War Mapping and the Shenandoah Valley

U.S. Grant and The Vicksburg Campaign

Other sales outlets will be available soon.


The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library recently mounted a Civil War map exhibit in commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015). Entitled Torn in Two, the exhibit includes some fifty Civil War era maps, as well as clippings, manuscripts, photographs and artifacts.

A single modern map is included in the exhibit.

The surreptitious, ad hoc, but very real operation known as the Underground Railroad for sixty years delivered thousands of fugitive slaves to safety in the North and Canada. The existence and effectiveness of this "underground railroad" was one of the most galling grievances that goaded the Southland into secession and Civil War.

The only reliable and encompassing maps that exhibit curators could locate, indicating in any detail the generally accepted routes of the Underground Railroad was a map researched, prepared and published in 2005 by McElfresh Map Company LLC entitled Freedom’s Tracks.

The exhibit runs through December 2011 then moves to New York City from February to April 2012, and on to Portland, Maine from April to August 2013.


Earl McElfresh's article "Stonewall's Silent Ally" is in the December 2011 issue o f Civil War Times. The article describes the Unfinished Railroad at Manassas and it's influence on the outcome of the battle fought there in 1862. Earl McElfresh is a regular contributor to Civil War Times.


McElfresh Map Company is currently at work on a set of maps for the second volume of Library of America's: The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It.


Earl McElfresh presented a paper on Robert E. Lee and the mapping of his Gettysburg Campaign on June 2, 2011 at the Boston Public Library to the North East Map Organization at their Annual Meeting.


See McElfresh Map Company's latest work on the endpapers of Library of America'sThe Civil War Told by Those Who Lived Itedited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears and Aaron Sheehan-Dean. Three maps in total: America at War 1861, Virginia at War 1861 and Bull Run, Virginia 1861.


New Map: Maps of Abraham Lincoln's America

Earl McElfresh spoke at the Miami International Map Fair on Sunday February 8, 2009

New Map Sherman's March to the Sea, Georgia, November and December 1864

Earl McElfresh's article, "Only Take the Top Rail" for the April 2008 issue of Civil War Times is on the news stands now

Earl McElfresh wrote an article for the June 2007 issue of Civil War Times entitiled "Make Straight His Path: Mapmaking in the Civil War"

Gettysburg and Chancellorsville Reprinted Maps

McElfresh in Print

Radio Commentaries by Earl B. McElfresh

Lectures and Presentations

McElfresh Maps Used by Smithsonian Associates on Battlefield Tours

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