3473Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question
- May 30, 2007Thanks Todd.
BTW the Trailhead Graphics map of Antietam is simply superb...
but unfortunately not possible to put in a book.
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction from
the Almighty God. --Anonymous
----- Original Message -----
From: "T. R. Livesey" <tlivesey@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 1:36 PM
Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question
In Murfin's introduction, he states that the maps are the work of
James D. Bowlby, the result of 10 years of field surveys, a
of the Cope maps. The base map looks a lot like the Cope maps,
use terrain symbols much more suitable for smaller-scale
There are a few differences: one shows a corn field where the
shows clover, etc. Inexplicably, the elevation contour lines
been removed in Murphin's, seriously compromising their
Priest uses the "Parks and History Association" map as his base,
I think more closely follows the Cope maps. It uses symbols that
similar, but not identical to the Cope maps. I don't know the
of this map. It too lacks elevation markings.
From my experience, including elevation markings is always a
challenge, especially if you want to zoom out and show a broader
expanse of area. The downside, of course, is that you end up
maps that look like the way Sears' text reads: there is no way to
really understand how the terrain affects the situation. For
in the maps of all three of these books, the reader cannot
the situation in the 40 acre cornfield: how can the 4RI get
How can A.P. Hill come up out of nowhere on Burnside's left? I
a serious argument can be made that the elevation information is
important than the ground cover information (woods vs. corn vs.
clover, etc.). But ground cover maps are more aesthetically
to look at and readers are drawn to them.
The obvious solution to the `busying-up' effect of contour lines
use contours of greater intervals: 50 ft. instead of 20 ft. or
whatever. Curiously, the version of the Parks and History
map sold at the Antietam bookstore is plenty large for contour
makings, but they are nonetheless omitted. I think somehow the
of these maps have simply decided that elevation markings are not
necessary. This is why the Cope maps are far more useful than any
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
> Dear Todd,
> IIRC Murfin used the Cope maps for his book....
> Yr. Obt. Svt.
> G E "Gerry" Mayers
> To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even
> on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any state in the
> Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a benediction
> the Almighty God. --Anonymous
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "T. R. Livesey" <tlivesey@...>
> To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 12:40 PM
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Question
> I agree with Gerry: Murfin's maps are better than Sears'.
> maps are better than Sears'.
> The Carman-Cope "Atlas of the battlefield of Antietam", of
> course, is
> in a class of its own.
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