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A plan of Boston, and its environs : shewing the true situation of His Majesty's army, and also those of the rebels

This rare and separately issued map with its vibrant original color is an historically valuable and attractive depiction of Revolutionary War Boston and vicinity. It was the best contemporaneous map of the military situation just after the Battle of Bunker Hill and prior to the British evacuation of the city. (This map was published one week before the evacuation). Depicting the situation nine months after Washington assumed command of the Continental Army, the map clearly delineates the envelopment of the city by "Rebel" forces that would lead to the evacuation of all English troops from Boston for the duration of the war. Believed to be the work of the British engineer, Lt. Richard Williams, the map is a commendably uncluttered work that emphasizes key military features such as forts, defensive works, and troop positions. There is excellent detail for the Battle of Bunker Hill, showing the disposition of forces at its conclusion. All the major military emplacements are keyed to a list of detailed references. The main roads through the area and a basic street plan of Boston with some street names are given.



Williams, Richard


Lodge, John, d. 1796


Dury, Andrew



Name on Item

drawn by an engineer at Boston, Octr. 1775 ; the principal part of this plan was survey'd by Richard Williams, Lieutenant at Boston ... ; engrav'd by Jno. Lodge from the late Mr. Jefferys


Andrew Dury


Scale [ca. 1:15,000]




Private Collection

Collection (local)

Mapping Boston Collection

  • Fortification--Massachusetts--Boston--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Boston (Mass.)--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps--Early works to 1800
  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • North and Central America
  • Suffolk (county)
  • United States

1 map (online resource) : hand col. ; 46 x 65 cm.

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  • No known copyright restrictions.
  • This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License (CC BY-NC-SA).
  • Oriented with north toward the upper right.
  • Relief shown by hachures.
  • Includes references to points of military and general interest.

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