Map of Montgomery County, Md in 1863
Do you recognize this area? This is a map of Montgomery County in 1863. Created by the Bureau of Topographical Engineers and the United States Coast Survey, this map contains the locations of rural households and natural landmarks, like ravines. This carefully crafted image would’ve been used as a general guide to Montgomery County’s landscape and for military purposes.
If you look closely, you can spot familiar names on the map such as Colesville, Poolsville, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and even Sligo River.
The Potomac River and Maryland’s state boundary to Washington, D.C. can be seen at the bottom of the map.
Map images courtesy of the Library of Congress website.
By Amy Lusignan