Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Battle of Gettysburg Map with Ground Perspectives

A new map by geographers and cartographers from Middlebury College have made an interactive map of the Battle of Gettysburg for the Smithsonian's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle.  The map is getting some buzz because the perspective view helps one see how the geography of the battlefield lead to confusion on how to get from point A to point B and how the terrain made identifying enemy positions difficult.

When I took my wife to the battlefield last year I stressed the importance of the geography in terms of how the battle was fought.  While the map does not have the same effect, it does give a nice overview troop movements and what was viewable 150 years ago.

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