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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 8:42 am 
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not sure how i feel about all this yet , i saw the original map a couple years before it was replaced/upgraded , i saw the second a couple years later , i felt it told the story well ,

now they intend to do away with it ..............................................................................................................................................................

May 5, 7:26 AM EDT


Gettysburg park pulls plug on huge electric Civil War map

By MARTHA RAFFAELE
Associated Press Writer

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- For decades, visitors willing to shell out a few extra dollars at Gettysburg National Military Park could be entertained - or bored - by an electric light display showing troop movements in that pivotal Civil War battle.

With the opening of a new museum and visitor center that offers a bigger "wow" factor for the park's nearly 2 million visitors each year, the National Park Service has decided that its 1960s-era electric battlefield map is obsolete.

As patrons of the new $103 million facility learn about the battle by immersing themselves in new technology, the old center stands vacant, awaiting demolition next year. Before that happens, the 30-by-30-foot electric map - embedded with more than 625 colored lights - will be dismantled and placed in storage.

At least a few people who believe the map still has educational value are urging the park service to find a way to keep the lights on.

One regular park visitor has created a Web site devoted to the cause of preserving it, http://www.savetheelectricmap.com . Jon DeKeles, 51, of Post Falls, Idaho, said he only learned of the map's pending demise during a visit in late March, and he started the site when he returned home.

"Does everything have to be multimedia, high-tech in this world?" DeKeles said.

Emily Rosensteel O'Neil, the daughter of map creator Joseph L. Rosensteel, would also like to see the map get a new home.

"The electric map is an artifact in and of itself," said O'Neil, 67, a retired teacher who lives in Guilford, Conn. "It was my father's masterpiece."

But from the earliest planning stages for the new museum, park officials had envisioned using new technology to give visitors a more vivid picture of how the battle unfolded, said park spokeswoman Katie Lawhon.

The new building, which opened April 14, features two film theaters that can also accommodate live performances and lectures, video and audio presentations scattered throughout the museum, and some computerized interactive exhibits.

The park service has not ruled out resurrecting the map in the future and is willing to turn it over to any nonprofit group that would use it for educational purposes, Lawhon said.

"We haven't had any really serious interest," she said, "but we have gotten a couple nibbles."


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I'll tell you, I was not the greatest history student while in school, however I did some extensive reading about the civil war a few years ago. Then went to see the map again. Let me tell you, especially for the non history buff the electric map really helps one to understand the events which took place during the four days of fighting in Gettsburg.

The other thing that most folks don't appreciate - is the fact that the town's folk went out with their picnic lunches to watch the battle - WOW!!

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i knew that there were pic-nic-ers at the first manasas [bull run] but was unaware of them at gettysburg , i thought they had learned 'the lesson' when they had to run for their lives at that first battle


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I may have to take back the part about the picnickers at the Gettyburg battle. I apologize for my error.

Yogi Berra once said, ' What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so.'

I will try and relook at a few of the books I read one summer regarding the Civil War, back about 15 years ago.

In the meantime, found a couple of facts posted at http://www.gettysburg.com/

As the two armies departed Gettysburg to continue the war elsewhere, the 2,000 citizens of Gettysburg came out of their cellars and back from their hurried escape to nearby towns. They returned to a community in shambles with almost every property damaged, houses looted, and all crops and food destroyed or stolen. Left behind were tens of thousands of casualties in and around the town. Nearly every house, barn and public building housed countless wounded badly needing attention. Many dead were left decaying where they fell, thousands of others were in shallow graves being dug up by animals. Lingering odors were sickening. Picture left: Trostle Farm after the battle with dead soldiers and horses in the yard.

Only civilian killed during the Gettysburg battle- Jennie Wade.

Between the Union line on Cemetery Ridge and the Confederate outposts in the town, was the home of Mrs. McClellan with her new baby. Helping her with the child’s care were her mother and her unmarried sister, Jennie Wade. Throughout July 1 and 2 Jennie baked bread for grateful Union soldiers. On the morning of July 3rd, while Jennie stood in the kitchen kneading dough, a bullet pierced the door and struck her, killing her instantly. The cries of her sister and mother attracted Union soldiers who carried Jennie’s body to the cellar. Jennie was the only Gettysburg citizen killed in the battle.

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I well remember the map. Finding it boring as hell as a child and then appreciating its value in explaining the battle as an adult. I hope they find a way to save it.


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