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2013 marks the 150th anniversary of what is called the most decisive battle in the American Civil War – The Battle of Gettysburg, the halt of Lee’s invasion of the north. As context for this week’s discussion, read the articles linked to in Articles for Week 7 Discussion in the Learning Material folder, and read other sources you may find on your own.

Using the Battle of Gettysburg, compare and contrast the key elements of the terrain, lines of communication (roads, streets), proximately of friendly forces and how GIS technology could have given Meade or Lee – your choice – greater situational awareness, and as a result brought the battle to a decisive end earlier and lessened causalities. ​​

Links: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/A-Cutting-Edge-Second-Look-at-the-Battle-of-Gettysburg-1-180947921/, https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/07/interactive-gettysburg-using-modern-mapping-tools-for-a-new-look-at-the-historical-battle/277432/, https://www.nps.gov/vick/learn/management/upload/5._OCOKA_Military_Terrain_Analysis.pdf

(250 words)


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