Essential Maps

Maps are key to understanding the Civil War in Missouri. From maps of rail lines to ethnicity, maps can explain history on a human and physical geographic level. Below, is a list of essential maps of Missouri in the mid-19th century. Some are contemporary to the time (or under 10 years after the war), while others are modern.

Note: This is an ongoing project to add new maps, both contemporary and modern. 




  • ABT: American Battlefield Trust
  • CWSAC: Civil War Sites Advisory Committee
  • LOC: Library of Congress
  • NPS: National Park Service
  • SHSMO: The State Historical Society of Missouri
  • STLPD: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • WICR: Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield