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Over the years I have produced over 2000 maps in a variety of styles, but nowadays I focus almost exclusively on one: shaded relief topography, which provides a pseudo-three-dimensional view of the terrain. For large-scale maps (smaller geographic areas, such as battlefields) I usually try to include contour lines on top of the shaded relief. The color and black-and-white (grayscale) examples below represent the style I am most comfortable producing. There are two alternative styles:

  1. Schematic/Hypsometric terrain (essentially filled-in areas bounded by contour lines, which get progressively darker as the altitude increases). This was the predominant style I used in the free Wikipedia maps, and you can follow that link to see examples. I am reluctant to use this style any longer, unless it is in full color publishing and unless all of the maps in the book use that same style.
  2. Modern road networks can be included if the author's intention is to provide tourism- or preservation-related views of a battlefield, such as a driving tour. Some examples of driving tours are below. However, unless the map is in full color, it can become uncomfortably confusing to attempt to include both the modern and overlapping historical roads on the same map.

Portfolio

All of the maps in this portfolio are stamped with a copyright notice identifying CWMaps.com, but this is only for my convenience in maintaining this page. In actuality, the copyrights are held by the client historians or organizations that commissioned the maps. The maps below are arranged alphabetically by author.

Click on a portfolio thumbnail to see a larger version of the image. This larger image will be in JPEG format for browsing convenience, although the actual maps for publication are in 300 dpi PNG (color) or 600 dpi TIFF (black and white) formats; thus, the image your browser displays may be a little fuzzier than the printable version.

The Union breakthrough at Petersburg, from Dawn of Victory: Breakthrough at Petersburg by Edward Alexander (Emerging Civil War series)
Antietam Battlefield, produced for the Blue and Gray Education Society; this is a reduced size version of a 2' x 3' poster used for field education
Gettysburg Battlefield, produced for the Blue and Gray Education Society; reduced size version of a 3' x 2' poster
Map of the Gettysburg Campaign area, produced for the Blue and Gray Education Society; reduced from a 2' x 3' poster
The Battle of Glendale: Robert E. Lee's Lost Opportunity, by Doug Crenshaw, History Press
Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1862, by Doug Crenshaw (Emerging Civil War series)
Jeb Stuart's circumnavigation of the Union Army on the Virginia Peninsula, from Richmond Shall Not Be Given Up: The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25-July 1, 1862, by Doug Crenshaw (Emerging Civil War series)
Jeb Stuart's ride in the Gettysburg Campaign, from

Fight Like the Devil: The First Day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863, by Chris Mackowski, Daniel T. Davis, and Kristopher D. White (Emerging Civil War series)

Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry: Custer and the Civil War, by Daniel T. Davis (to be published by Emerging Civil War series)
Most Desperate Acts of Gallantry: Custer and the Civil War, by Daniel T. Davis (to be published by Emerging Civil War series)
Unpublished micro-tactical study by Tom Elmore
Unpublished micro-tactical study by Tom Elmore
Unpublished micro-tactical study by Tom Elmore
Unpublished micro-tactical study by Tom Elmore
Outdoor display map (reduced size) for Battle of Franklin Trust
Outdoor display map (reduced size) for Battle of Franklin Trust
The American War: A History of the Civil War Era, by Gary Gallagher and Joan Waugh, Spielvogel Books (a relatively rare exception where shaded relief would make the map too complicated)
Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May
26–June 5, 1864
, by Daniel T. Davis and Phillip S. Greenwalt (Emerging Civil War series)
In a Single Blow: The Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Beginning of the American Revolution, by Phillip S. Greenwalt and Rob Orrison (Emerging Revolutionary War series)
From a yet-to-be published book on Disbanding Lee's Army by Caroline E. Janney. This is an interesting map because of the research required to show accurate county boundaries as of 1865.
Don't Give an Inch: The Second Day at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, by Chris Mackowski, Daniel T. Davis, and Kristopher D. White (Emerging Civil War series)
Strike Them a Blow: Battle along the North Anna River, May 21–25, 1864, by Chris Mackowski (Emerging Civil War series)
Victory or Death: The Battles of Trenton and Princeton by Mark Maloy (Emerging Revolutionary War series)
Decision at Tom's Brook: George Custer, Thomas Rosser, and the Joy of the Fight, by William J. Miller, Savas Beatie
The Second Battle of Winchester: The Confederate Victory
that Opened the Door to Gettysburg
, by Eric J. Wittenberg and Scott Mingus, Sr., Savas Beatie
A Want of Vigilance: The Bristoe Station Campaign, October 9–19,
1863
, by Bill Backus and Robert Orrison (Emerging Civil War series)
The Last Road North: A Guide to the Gettysburg Campaign, 1863, by Robert Orrison and Dan Welch (Emerging Civil War series)
"To Hazard All": A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862, by Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak (to be published - Emerging Civil War series). This driving tour map is obviously all modern roads.
"To Hazard All": A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862, by Robert Orrison and Kevin Pawlak (to be published - Emerging Civil War series)
Battle above the Clouds: Lifting the Siege of Chattanooga and the Battle of Lookout Mountain, November 24, 1863, by David A. Powell (Emerging Civil War series)
Determined To Stand and Fight: The Battle of Monocacy, July 9, 1864, by Ryan T. Quint (Emerging Civil War series)
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered, by Dennis A. Rasbach, Savas Beatie
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and the Petersburg Campaign: His Supposed Charge from Fort Hell, his Near-Mortal Wound, and a Civil War Myth Reconsidered, by Dennis A. Rasbach, Savas Beatie
Red River Campaign and Its Toll: 69 Bloody Days in Louisiana, March–May
1864
, by Henry O. Robertson, McFarland and Co.
A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River, May 5–July 18, 1864, by Stephen Davis (Emerging Civil War series)
A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River, May 5–July 18, 1864, by Stephen Davis (Emerging Civil War series)
Display (reduced size) for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
Display (reduced size) for the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
Handout for T. R. R. Cobb House
That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, by Dan Vermilya (to be published - Emerging Civil War series)
That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, by Dan Vermilya (to be published - Emerging Civil War series)
That Field of Blood: The Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, by Dan Vermilya (to be published - Emerging Civil War series)
The Time is Ripe: Confederate Attempts to Retake New Berne, by Jim White, to be published by History Press