The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Fought July 1-3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg took nearly 50,000 American lives and is considered to be the turning point in the Civil War.  Phillip Pfuhl has created a brief tour that uses text, audio and overlays to show how the battle progressed.


You can explore Phillip’s work for yourself by loading this KMZ file.  It’s an excellent file and makes great use of Google Earth to help explain how the battle unfolded.

Great work, Phillip!

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Captain Miller says:

    50000 casualties, but less than 10000 killed

  2. I appreciate the work put into the Gettysburg KMZ, but there are some corrections that need to be made. E.g., there were about 51,000 _casualties_ (killed, wounded, missing). About 7000 soldiers were killed.
    Also, the “fishhook” is inaccurately displayed. On the KMZ, it appears to run north/south with the hook on the southwest end. That is wrong. The jut on the southwest was actually Sickles’ ill-advised decision to advance his position, and it seriously jeopardized the Union line. The hook is not displayed on the overlay, but it runs from the Round Tops on the south, north along Cemetery Ridge to Cemetery Hill in town, then east (right) to Culp’s Hill and further south. I.e., the hook is actually on the northeast side.
    In any case, thanks for the overlays and links. They are very helpful.

  3. Peter Cowen says:

    Yeah, right. 50,000 killed… That would require combined forces of 250,000,000. Read a book!

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