Gettysburg 1863

The above sketch of the battlefield at Gettysburg was made by one of our correspondents, who carefully examined the topography of the country and thoroughly understood the situation; it was submitted for correction to several Generals experienced as topographical engineers, and is, therefore, in all essential points, absolutely correct. The wood in front of the left wing is where Longstreet and Hill formed, preparatory to charging on the left. Ewell's troops occupied the woods on the left. By reference to the map it will be seen that Meade moved over very short lines in reinforcing the point of attack. The enemy was compelled to march his infantry a distance of several miles in passing from one wing to the other. The positions of the troops were changed as the exigencies required. The location on the map is the one at first assigned and substantially maintained. The elevation occupied by the Rebel artillery was much lower than that on which the National troops were posted. The position was well calculated for defence, and forced the enemy to fight at great disadvantage.

- New-York Tribune, 7 juli 1863

Det kan vara intressant att jämföra denna karta med den som 150 års militärhistorik kommit fram till; se Wikipedia: Battle of Gettysburg.

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