Because the Civil War isn’t over. Its images, dreamlike, stay with us—young boys lying face-down in cornfields and orchards, and Robert E. Lee on Traveller. And Lincoln, dead in the White House, and the sound of crying.
The Civil War disturbs us, all these long years after, troubling our sleep. Like a cry for help, like a warning, like a dream. And we pore over it, trying to break the code, its meaning just out of reach.
Here, via Venderleun, is an interactive map of the Battle of Gettysburg, showing how the fighting unfolded over the three days. Selected panoramic views and “viewshed” maps show what the commanders could–and could not–see at decisive moments.