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    Confederate Colonel Josiah Stoddard Johnston's Hand-Drawn Map of the Battle of Murfreesboro. One page, 7.25" x 9.25", matted and framed to an overall size of 13" x 15", Murfreesboro, Tennessee, nd, ink and pencil. The Battle of Murfreesboro, also known as the Battle of Stone's River, is dubious in Civil War history for having the highest percentage of casualties on each side of the conflict. Though the battle was not ultimately decisive, the Union victory here did give the Yankees a much-needed lift after their defeat at Fredericksburg. This fascinating map of the Murfreesboro battlefield was drawn and notated in both pen and ink by Colonel J. Stoddard Johnston. Johnston was a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Yale and the University of Louisville Law School, a cotton planter, and Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston's nephew. After the Civil War, he would go on to serve as a newspaper editor and Kentucky's Secretary of State. During the Civil War, Johnston served on the staffs of Generals Braxton Bragg, Simon Bolivar Buckner, and John C. Breckenridge, serving the latter as chief of staff. Johnston was also one of the escorts who helped Jefferson Davis flee Richmond in April, 1865.

    The map offered here was drawn by Johnston while he served under General Bragg. A handwritten pencil note at the bottom right corner of the map reads, "My own draft at the time J. S J". Johnston presents a bird's-eye view of the Murfreesboro battlefield, with the town of Murfreesboro at right-middle, and the Stone's River snaking vertically to the left of the town through the middle of the map. He has drawn Confederate troop encampments in a series of lines around the battle site, identifying them as the divisions of Cheatham, Withers, McCown, Cleburne, and Breckinridge. To the left of McCown's division, Johnston has written "Yankees here on morning of 31st". The map is in fine to very fine condition, with the usual folds present. This is a truly wonderful manuscript map, ready for display, from an officer who was there for the battle.


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