Gettysburg Cyclorama

A 3-d monument is just a monument where pictures are taken from around the monument, and then software is used to knit those pictures together for a 3-d view of the monument.  Not only is is a very nice way to view monuments, but it also gives a 3-d view of the battlefield from a location.

Creating a 3-d monument is time intensive, but not because of the software and technology to create them.  The time required is physically going out on the battlefield and taking the pictures.  I do not have the time to do this documentation myself, and besides I take awful pictures.  Add to that the fact that there are many wonderful photographers out there who would like to interact in this way with the Gettysburg battlefield. 

So I am making this offer.  If you, or someone you know, would like to create 3-d monuments to display on my web site, I will provide the technical competency to make it happen.  I will make sure that you are given proper attribution for your work. 

So if you would like to interact with the Gettysburg Battlefield, and be part of the documentation of the battlefield, you can contact me at

The Gettysburg Monument Map was developed when I had a brief bout of unemployment in 2009.  Originally it was in Ruby on Rails as a database application, which died when I could not keep up with version changes in Ruby that kept breaking the application.

In 2015 I was working with one of my students from Gettysburg College, John Duncan (2017), on some research and we put together an initial version of this application for the web using my data from 2009.  We originally thought of doing this in Google Maps, but faced myriads of problems.  We found Open Layers for the mapping, and have not looked back.  John worked on the application for research credit, and then I was able to obtain funding for a summer job for John in 2016.  John completed this application, and implemented it on the Android OS using Apache Cordova.

I am extremely pleased with the results, but there is so much left to work on.  I would like to 3-d monuments for at least the most significant monuments, and link them in the map.  I would like to write histories for the monuments, and link them to regimental histories or other web resources.  But my area of expertise is CS, and any of these additions would be more appropriately done by a history person.

So I am putting out an offer to any historian or just a history buff who likes to walk around on the Gettysburg Battlefield.  Help me complete this application.  I will provide any technical infrastructure that you might need.

I hope some readers will choose to interact with the battlefield and the history of Gettysburg, and take me up on this offer.

I am also open to working with historians for other projects.

If you would like to contact me, I answer email at  Contact me anytime.  I will answer if I don't just get scatter brained and lose the email, so if I don't answer you, feel free to write again.


Chuck Kann

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