George Washington was many things – soldier, general, revolutionary, president and Founding Father, but did you know that he was also an accomplished surveyor and mapmaker? At the age of 17, Washington was the surveyor of Culpeper County, Virginia– a few miles away from NGA’s Springfield, Virginia campus. During the Revolutionary War, he made his own field sketches of battlefields – an early example of geospatial information – aiding warfighters.
George Washington's map, accompanying his "journal to the Ohio," 1754. (Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 dcu)