Civil War trails sign about Stonewall Jackson ordering Jedediah Hotchkiss to “make me a map of the Valley…” Hotchkiss would become one of the most prolific and valuable map makers of the war and his maps are still studied to this day.
Following his defeat at the Battle of Kernstown in March 1862, General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson summoned Jedediah Hotchkiss to his quarters at this location. His purpose was to ask Hotchkiss to make him a map of the Shenandoah Valley from Harpers Ferry to Lexington. Hotchkiss’s maps and local knowledge proved invaluable to Jackson during his 1862 Valley Campaign and going forward for the Confederacy.
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