The map on the front page of The New York Herald shows the location of rebel forces in Virginia in 1861.
Updated Nov. 7, 2016
Our American Civil War poster, “Mapping It Out: Freedom of Press Versus Public Safety,” is a replica of an 1861 front page of The New York Herald, which features a large map of the positions of rebel forces in Virginia.
The back of the poster offers several lesson ideas and introduces students to some of the issues related to war reporting, with a focus on the Civil War (1861–1865). After a brief introduction to the concept of freedom of the press and Civil War-era journalism, activities have students decipher a Civil War-era battlefield map and debate the public’s right to know versus the government’s role to protect.
Our EDTools section showcases hundreds of historic newspapers, including Civil War front pages. When you request a poster, we will also sign you up for a free NewseumED.org account if you don’t have one already. Registration gives you full access to our online collection of historic front pages, artifacts, videos, lesson plans and more!
This poster is printed through a generous gift from Civil War Trust.