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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2018 8:06 p.m. PST

… History and the Modern Landscape

"This paper describes a methodology for evaluating the planimetric accuracy of three US Civil War maps using GIS and spatial analytical techniques. The case-study is the Battle of Stones River in Tennessee and, in particular, maps depicting the events of December 31, 1862. An examination of the objectives, limitations and techniques employed by the topographer engineers who created the maps provides focus for the quantitative analysis and establishes the historical context needed to understand how and why the maps were constructed. The paper shows how GIS and spatial analysis can be utilized to document vanishing historic landscapes and reconstructing where certain historical events took place."
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Major Mike15 Sep 2018 5:56 a.m. PST

When I arrived in Tennessee back in 1988, a fair part of the battlefield was undeveloped. Roads were paved and there was development mostly along the newer Nashville/Murfreesboro Hwy and the Franklin/Murfreesboro Pike. I-65 did cut thru the western edge of the battlefield. Some land has since been added to the National Park. Unfortunately, the park has been swamped by massive urban sprawl and most of the undeveloped land has been developed. During the course of the development in one location, Confederate trenches were uncovered and found to be still holding some supplies. The bisecting of the battlefield by Thompson Lane is just garish and I really despise the new Park entrance that comes in from Thompson Lane and paved over some of the more hotly contested areas of the battlefield. Sad.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2018 10:36 a.m. PST



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