A Digital Reimagining of Gettysburg

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Why would Robert E. Lee order Pickett's Charge, an action that changed the course of the Civil War? Geographer and historian Anne Knowles uses digital technology to explain what she thinks is the missing piece in trying to understand Lee's disastrous decision. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Knowles recreates the topography of the battlefield to model what Lee could and could not see.

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  • The video ends with a plea to those more familiar with technology to use their knowledge and skills in new ways to solve history's mysteries
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