Coast Surveyors assumed important combat roles during the Civil War, serving as topographers, reconnaissance specialists, scouts, intelligence officers, and combat hydrographers.

For a contemporary record of combat mapping during the Civil War, see the war record of Frederick Dorr and John Donn.

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Lindenkohl, Henry

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Branch: Army

Theater: Eastern

Related: FL

Bio: Henry Lindenkohl (1839-1920) had a long career, spanning 59 years, as a cartographer with the U.S. Coast Survey. Lindenkohl was born in Hesse Cassell, Germany, and immigrated to the U.S.; he became an American citizen in 1861. During the Civil War, he made military maps for Union forces, including a notable map of Northern Florida in 1864. After the war, Lindenkohl became an original member of the National Greographic Society and was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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