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Available Map Styles

I design maps suitable for publication in black-and-white books or full-color magazines and websites, using a variety of graphical techniques. There are two basic styles: schematic topography (contour lines or areas) and shaded relief elevation. Here are example views of Big Round Top at Gettysburg:

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Shaded relief topography (raw elevation data with simulated sunlight shadows). Contour lines can also be overlaid on this image. See a larger sample map using this style. Schematic topography of that same terrain with contour lines and shading (for a grayscale map). See a larger sample map using this style. Schematic topography with contour shading (for a color map). This technique is technically called hypsometric tinting. See a larger sample map using this style.

There are extensive examples of these styles in the PORTFOLIO tab above. Many authors find that the shaded relief topography is very attractive and useful for campaign maps that cover a wide area (large portions of a state or multiple states). For individual battlefields, the schematic styles are sometimes more suitable because it can be easier to discern the close-in battle details and some additional overlaid terrain information, such as woods, marshes, or orchards. However, very few authors have actually selected schematic typography for individual battlefields.


I love the study of the Civil War and greatly enjoy working with historians to make it more accessible by developing easy to understand, attractive maps. I also understand the budgetary constraints faced by authors who are developing books on specialized topics. Therefore, my work emphasizes reasonable prices. It is necessary to CONTACT me to discuss your requirements before I produce a quotation. But I have included some guidelines below.

Standard Map: as low as $60

My “standard” American Civil War map consists of a topographic background (one of the styles shown in the PORTFOLIO tab above), scale/legend, 19th century rivers and road networks, overlaid with labels and troop movements/actions. I will create the map using my standard graphical design tools (currently Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CC). For a typical small book publishing project in 2014, I can design and produce a collection of standard maps for as little as $60–70 per map. Or see Other Pricing Options below.

The author/historian will do the primary research for the contents of the maps and provide either hand-drawn sketches, scanned images of other maps, or enough textual information so that I can create the map without having to, say, read regimental histories or the Official Records to determine which units did what/where/when. The actions on a single standard map should be bounded by a reasonably compact unit of time so that complex time coding, overlays, or insets are not required.

Other Pricing Options

As an alternative to using a per-map charge upon delivery, the work can be contracted on the basis of a fair percentage of the author’s royalties from the publisher. I also offer a discount for nonprofit organizations. Please CONTACT me to discuss either of these scenarios.

Modifying Free Maps

My free Wikipedia maps are great for use as-is on websites or in presentations, but may require minor content changes, or formatting changes to render them more suitable for black and white publication. I am usually willing to do minor modifications to one or two maps per project for free, time permitting. For larger numbers of maps, or more complex changes, CONTACT me for a quote.

Note: At one time this website had a lot of detailed information about variations in map types, formatting, billing options, etc. I have chosen to move this information into the confidential pricelist that I will send you upon request: CONTACT me.