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150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address

150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
On the Civil War battlefield where President Abraham Lincoln gave a speech that symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces, historians and everyday Americans are gathering to ponder what the Gettysburg Address...
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Along with the 50th anniversary of the assination of JFK it was the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 2013.  A very impotant speech that was given on the site of the battle.  That site chosen for its significance and the importance of that battle in the US Civil War.  President Lincoln only spoke for a few minutes, against the hours of the other speakers, but his speech was the one the was most significant, not just because it was from the President, but because of the content of the speech.  If you have never read or heard the speech, please do yourself a favor and at least read it, it echoes what the feelings of the time was, it gives insights of what the Union was fighting for, what they were giving up.  In that short speech he gave President Lincoln set forth the basis for the Civil War...that all men are created equal and that the Union must be preserved.  If you want listen here for a reading of the Gettsburg Address.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1512410

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Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee’s Eyes

Looking at the Battle of Gettysburg Through Robert E. Lee’s Eyes | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
Anne Kelly Knowles, the winner of Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards, uses GIS technology to change our view of history
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Great piece of information on how GIS can be used to change, or at least offer, a different explanation of why something happened.  On day 2 of Gettysburg Longstreet was ordered to attack the lrdt of the Union line, Little and Big Roundtop.  Lee wanted to attack early, but Longstreet was not in position until about 4:00pm.  As shown by GIS Lee could not have seen why based on his position.  He also could not see the numbers that were against him in that position.  Lee was actually outnumbered when Longstreet attacked.  Longsreet also had to march a longer way to keep his troop from fire. This new information shows that Lee, who was brillant for most of the Civil War, made a mistake becasue he just could not see what was there, he did not know what forces were against Longstreet.  Imagine today with our instant communication how GIS and help commanders today determine where to place troops, defenses, etc. 

 Take a look here for further insight on GIS and Gettysburg.  http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2013/06/28/1961555/new-map-may-explain-lees-decisions.html

 

 

 

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