November 3, 1828: Birthday of Surveyor-Geologist Jedediah Hotchkiss

Nov 3, 2014

Today, most historians consider Jedediah Hotchkiss to be the greatest mapmaker of the Civil War.
Credit e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia online. / Jedediah Hotchkiss, mapmaking, Stonewall Jackson, Civil War

Jedediah Hotchkiss was born in Windsor, New York, on November 3, 1828. He also developed an interest in geology and surveying while teaching school in Augusta County, Virginia. When the Civil War broke out, Hotchkiss enlisted in the Confederate army and used his mapmaking skills to help “Stonewall” Jackson’s brilliant Shenandoah Valley Campaign.