Mapping Technology Reveals New Details In Battle Of Gettysburg | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Mapping Technology Reveals New Details In Battle Of Gettysburg

Play associated audio

Civil war experts and historians have long asked themselves: Why did Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee order the doomed attack on Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg?

Geographer and college professor Anne Knowles, from Middlebury College in Vermont, believes she has the answer. Using advanced mapping technology, she's recreated the battlefield's geography exactly as Lee saw it.

Her conclusion: Lee simply couldn't see many of the Union soldiers amid the hills and valleys. As a result, the Confederate general greatly underestimated his enemy's troop strength.

Knowles oversaw the development of the digital map for the Smithsonian Institution to mark Gettysburg's 150th anniversary next week.

NPR

In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.
NPR

Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.