26 October 2011

Library of Congress Webcasts -- "Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War


Civil war maps have some incredible detail and in a “metes and bounds” state like North Carolina, these maps can really help one bridge colonial land grants to early 20th century “Soil Maps” to mid 20th century topographic maps to the modern world.  With feature names evolving from those earliest colonial ones to what we see on a modern map, it can be challenging to figure out where “today” one’s colonial ancestors had their land.  Civil War maps can be a great help in helping you successfully do so!

TITLE: Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying & Cartography (morning session)
SPEAKER: Edward Ayers, Susan Schulten, Richard Stephenson
EVENT DATE:
05/20/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 134 minutes
TRANSCRIPT:
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DESCRIPTION:
Cartographers during the U.S. Civil War invented new techniques and mapped the country--both Union and Confederate territories--more accurately than ever before in the nation's history. The morning session of this day-long conference included presentations on "Hidden Patterns of the Civil War," "Mapping the Strength of the Rebellion" and "We Were Profoundly Ignorant of Our Country: The Struggle to Provide Accurate Maps During the U.S. Civil War."
Speaker Biography: Edward Ayers is president of the University of Richmond.
Speaker Biography: Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Colorado.
Speaker Biography: Richard Stephenson is a former map librarian at the Library of Congress.

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TITLE: Re-Imagining the U.S. Civil War: Reconnaissance, Surveying and Cartography (afternoon session)
SPEAKER: John Cloud, Adrienne Lundgren, Robert Mergel
EVENT DATE:
05/20/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 126 minutes
TRANSCRIPT:
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DESCRIPTION:
Cartographers during the U.S. Civil War invented new techniques and mapped the country--both Union and Confederate territories--more accurately than ever before in the nation's history. The afternoon session of this day-long conference included presentations on "Mapping the New Coasts of War," "Shedding a Little Light: Early Photographic Techniques Used to Reproduce Maps" and a reenactment and demonstration of the surveying and cartographic methods of the period, using original equipment.
Speaker Biography: John Cloud is historian at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Speaker Biography: Adrienne Lundgren is senior photographic conservator at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Robert Mergel is a Civil War reenactor and surveyor.


Have you also found Civil War maps and/or the Library of Congress Webcasts invaluable?  If so, please let us know about your wonderful discovery! 



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