Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Gettysburg Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

“Four Score and Seven Years Ago…” 
Gettysburg Maps Available from Ball State University Libraries

The National Park Service is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with special events at the Gettysburg National Military Park on November 16-23.  President Lincoln delivered the famous address—which defined the meaning of the war—on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of a cemetery.

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library includes various maps of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  A National Geographic map, 1863: Turning Point of the Civil War, shows the movements of two infantry regiments between Chancellorsville and Gettysburg.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Illustrated Gettysburg Battlefield Map and Story (top above, click to enlarge) was published in 1959 and includes Civil War troops’ movements and positions.  The map also includes several points of interest.

The map, Gettysburg Battlefield, (bottom map above) was published by McElfresh Map Company in 1994.  This set of maps includes depictions of the first, second and third days’ battlefield and are printed reproductions of watercolor originals.  The maps include land use, vegetation cover, field crops, field lines, and farmers’ names as in 1863.

The map, Gettysburg Invasion and Retreat, was published as a part of the Maryland Civil War trails series and is a regional tourist map showing Civil War-related points of interest and recommended highway tours in five Maryland counties and adjacent parts of Pennsylvania.

The Maps of Gettysburg: An Atlas of the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3-July 13, 1863 was published in 2007 and is available from the Atlas Collection.  The atlas includes 144 full-page color enhanced maps that cover the advance, battle, and retreat.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  Atlases circulate for 28 days. 

For more information about these maps or other cartographic resources, please contact Melissa Gentry in the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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