234th Anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse

March 15, 2015, marks the 234th anniversary of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, one of the most pivotal engagements of the Revolutionary War. A series of lectures pertaining to the event is scheduled during the evenings this week, and reenactments and other activities are scheduled for the anniversary weekend, March 14-15. For details of these events, please visit the Guilford Battleground Company. What contemporary maps of the battle survive? Continue reading

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Anniversary events

Battle of Guilford Courthouse Annual Lecture Series

A post pertaining to maps related to the Battle of Guilford Courthouse was posted on the blog this morning, as scheduled, and in anticipation of the upcoming 234th anniversary of that pivotal battle. Unfortunately, four completely unrelated family events in the past 10 days, involving 4 family members, including death, car wreck, incapacitating back pain, and broken leg requiring surgery, prevented me from putting the finishing touches on the post and I forgot to “unschedule” it. I have since removed that post and will try to get it polished and republished on the blog later this week. However, that will be too late for several important events. Please see the following web site for details of this week’s evening lecture series:

http://www.nps.gov/guco/upload/ANNUAL-LECTURE-SERIES-2015a-2.pdf

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 7:00 PM ‘Seeking the Historical Cook’: Exploring Eighteenth-Century Southern Foodways Kay Moss Historian, Author

Thursday, March 12, 2015 7:00 PM ‘General John Sullivan and the Battle of Brandywine’ Michael Harris Historian, Author

Friday, March 13, 2015 7:00 PM ‘William Washington, American Light Dragoon’ Daniel Murphy Historian, Author

All lectures take place in the theater of the park visitor center, located at 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC. All lectures are free to the public, but reservations are required. Seating is limited. Call (336) 288-1776 for information and to register for each night’s lecture. The purpose of the Annual Guilford Courthouse National Military Park Lecture Series is to serve the educational and general interests of the community through the knowledge and insights of distinguished historians speaking on topics of 18th century history.

George Washington’s TripTik®

George Washington’s upcoming birthday and a recently spotted highway historical marker pertaining to his Southern Tour in 1791 prompted a search for contemporary (to Washington) maps showing the President’s route through North Carolina. What did we find? Continue reading

An unrecorded map of North Carolina

Given the lack of a useful cartobibiliography for post-Revolutionary War maps of North Carolina, one shouldn’t be too surprised to find a previously unrecorded map. Nonetheless, the recent discovery of a previously unknown, perhaps proof, state of an 1814 map of North Carolina generated some excitement from this blogger. Continue reading

Re-stating John Henry’s 1770 Map of Virginia

Discovery of a previously unrecorded proof state

of John Henry’s 1770 Map of Virginia

One of the rarest colonial era maps of Virginia is A new and accurate map of Virginia wherein most of the counties are laid down from actual surveys…by John Henry, published in London in February, 1770, by Thomas Jefferys. Previously published cartobibliographies and descriptions of this map have reported only one known state of the map. Continue reading

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally

Nathaniel Batts: Buried at sea, but not originally

Nathaniel Batts may not have been the first permanent European settler in North Carolina (there is vague evidence that he was not), but he was undoubtedly one of the earliest and best documented. Where is his grave site? Continue reading

What’s in a name? Surveyors Ferry, NC

Catching my attention recently on the map, “Carte des Etats-Unis: Provinces Meridionales”, was Surveyors Ferry across the Pasquotank River. SurveyorsFerry1

Who was/were the alleged surveyor(s)?  Continue reading

What’s in a name? Murder in North Carolina

MURDER in NORTH CAROLINA!

Several 18th century maps depict Murder in North Carolina. Continue reading

Price-Strother: a final letter

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a recently published history of this magnificent map in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Jonathan Price’s debt to the State transferred to the

University of North Carolina Board of Trustees and

Price’s stirring letter to the Trustees.

(If you don’t read anything else, at the very least, skip to the end and read Price’s letter.)

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Price-Strother map in contemporary letters

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a newly published history of this magnificent map in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts.

Contemporary letters referencing the Price-Strother map

Aaron Burr was most renowned for being Vice President during Jefferson’s first term, and while in that office, killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Continue reading

Price-Strother map of NC: Reviews and Ads

 

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a newly published history of this magnificent map in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts

 

Contemporary reviews and advertisements for

the Price-Strother map of North Carolina

 

The earliest review located thus far was published in The Monthly Anthology, and Boston Review in April 1808.[1] Was it an original review, or was it a reprint of an earlier review? Continue reading

Price-Strother map legal documents

NOTE: The information provided here is supplementary to “Reflecting on the Price-Strother Map of North Carolina: An Uncommon Exercise for an Uncommon Map”, a newly published history of this magnificent map in the Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts

 

General Assembly Petitions, Committee Reports, and Resolutions Pertaining to the 1808 Price-Strother map of North Carolina: 1790-1799.

These records, listed chronologically, were obtained from manuscript documents in the North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC, and from published journals of the House and Senate. Continue reading