[London, for D. Henry]: [The Gentleman's Magazine], . Map. Framed, approximately 17 3/4" x 13". Map approximately 12 3/8" x 7 5/8" Near fine. Map has some vertical fold creases from its original publication as a fold-out in The Gentleman's Magazine. No other condition problems noted. Not examined out of frame.
Original map, published in the October, 1776 issue of The Gentleman's Magazine in London. It shows the general area of operation during the important August, 1776 Battle of Long Island. At the time this was by far the largest battle to have been fought in North America. General Washington's defeat here revealed several weaknesses but it also demonstrated to the British that they faced a long and blood war rather than a quick victory against the American colonists.
This was also the battle that Immortalized the Maryland 400. These brave men of the 1st Maryland Regiment, through repeated charges against vastly superior numbers of British troops, created sufficient delay to allow General Washington to evacuate nearly all of his forces across the East River to Manhattan. The Marylanders paid a heavy price, with 256 men killed and 100 taken prisoner.
This handsomely framed map shows the major roads and junctions, landmarks, and troop encampments. Expert later coloring.