Color engraving of Fort Monroe as seen from the air
Original Author: J. Wells, artist; R. Hinshelwood, engraver
Created: Mid-nineteenth century
Medium: Colored engraving

Fortress Monroe, VA. And Its Vicinity.

A mid-nineteenth-century colored engraving depicts an aerial view of Fort Monroe and the bustling waterway of Hampton Roads, the channel that links the Elizabeth, James, and Nansemond rivers to the Chesapeake Bay. A numbered key beneath the image designates important sites in the region, including the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, and Newport News (which appears to be little more than a confluence of tents). The Dismal Swamp lies in the distance, between Portsmouth and the Atlantic Ocean.