Poster “historicus” over at the History Channel forums recently had an extremely good idea. He used Google Maps to take a look at Civil War battlefields. Poster “Scotsman” gave readers a few sites he found after the suggestion was made:
39 28’15.06″ N 77 44’15.34″ W (Bloody Lane, Antietam)
39 47’29.89″ N 77 14’32.59″ W (Devil’s Den, Gettysburg)
39 22’11.21″ N 77 23’26.21″ W (The Battle of Monocacy)
…and one of the most famous Civil War actions of my home state…
38 58’16.40″N 95 14’09.56″ W (the exact spot where Quantrill centered his raid on Lawrence, August 1863)
All you need to do to see these sites for yourself is to download Google Earth and then copy and paste the latitude and longitude coordinates above into your Google Earth “fly to” field. Since I’m interested in both the Seven Days and the Petersburg Campaign, I thought I’d find a few sites around Richmond to add to the list.
Malvern Hill: 37°24’44.77″N 77°15’3.47″W
Watt House on Gaines Mill Battlefield: 37°34’25.07″N 77°17’27.14″W
The Crater, Petersburg: 37°13’2.05″N 77°22’43.61″W
Fort Harrison: 37°25’36.36″N 77°22’22.06″W
The Breakthrough, Petersburg: 37°11’50.78″N 77°26’59.46″W
Feel free to add a few sites of your own in the comments section below!
UPDATE: Jim Beeghley has two very detailed posts up at Teaching the Civil War with Technology from last December. Go check them out!
UPDATE 2: David Woodbury at of Battlefields and Bibliophiles had a “Google Earth Battlefields Quiz” early last year which asked readers to identify battlefields using only Google Earth aerial images. Once you have read the questions, check out the answers here.
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