BOUND FOLDING MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR BY J. H. COLTON, BELONGING TO COLONEL DYER OF THE 15TH MAINE VOLUNTEERS

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Folded and closed the bound map meas. approx. 3.75 x 5.75 inches. The folded map is attached to very nice conditioned brown hardcovers with embossed scroll and vine decoration. The cover is stamped in gold with “MAP OF THE SEAT OF WAR IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, &C, J. H. COLTON.” Covers are in excellent condition. Title is bright and covers are clean with only one small chip of surface material missing from the back cover.

Inside of the front cover is a paper label advertising all of the other maps offered by the J. H. Colton Co. At the top, written in faint period pencil is “COL. ISAAC DYER.”

Unfolding the map must be done carefully as what they called “heavy plate paper” in the 19th Century feels almost like what we would call rice paper today. When unfolded the map shows the entire area of operations from western Virginia to the east coast and from southern Pennsylvania to southern Virginia. The opened map meas. approx. 20.00 inches wide x 26.00 inches long with the title in bold at top and the map legend at bottom.

Map obviously has several vertical and horizontal fold lines as well as some tears along these lines. Map should be displayed either open or closed but not be continually handled.

These maps were popular items during the war and this one came to us with a small collection of items identified to Colonel Isaac Dyer of the 15th Maine Infantry.

Isaac Dyer was born in Skowhegan, Maine on November 1, 1820. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 15th Maine on December 17, 1861 and became colonel on August 26, 1862.

The 15th was assigned to service in the Department of the Gulf and saw service at Sabine Cross Roads and Pleasant Hill.

Colonel Dyer was promoted to brigadier general by brevet on March 3, 1865 and was discharged on September 13, 1865.

Dyer died in his hometown of Skowhegan on March 5, 1913 and is buried there in North Cemetery. [ad]

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