LIDAR overlaid with 1916

Thanks to my friend Ted Linton who was able to work his computer magic I think we have a treat for you.

1916 red overlay on LIDAR

1916 Map overlaid onto the LIDAR . Notice the roads that didn’t exist in 1916 which show up on lidar. 

As I have commented in the past there are features  which existed in the Salient area at least as recently as 1916 which are no longer visible. We know this because a map was created for the Battlefield Land Company in 1916 which shows them.

Remember that 1916 was before either the CCC or National Park Service was involved with the property. So it is very doubtful that there were any “improvements” or “enhancements”done. However there were a large number of sawmills scattered about the property. These are clearly shown on the overlay, and give us some idea of the man made activity that was occurring at the time. Also it seems likely that anything in the immediate vicinity was likely damaged or destroyed. The process of getting men, animals, and timber to and from these sites was probably  extremely invasive. And it was likely done with little if any concern to whether damage was done to vestiges of “the war”. By the nature of the business these sites probably existed for quite some time in a multitude of places. Once the timber close to a site was consumed a new site would be opened. To this writer its seems that the timber buisness may have altered the landscape more than the traditional agriculture.


So what you see below is the 1916 map overlaid onto the LIDAR photo from 2014.  There may be some slight differences of a few feet either way because of referencing. Unfortunately you may have to look closely to see the newer features, as only they will not be covered by the 1916 map. Also keep in mind that the 1916 map is of the property owned by the Battlefield Land Co. That company did not own the entire battlefield so does not cover the entire page.


(1) the jog in the line no longer exists. This is probably where Jones battery was and perhaps a brigade boundary. (2) either agricultural needs or the CCC cut a gap in the works here. Colonel Alexander tablet? (3) notice when the west McCoull lane cuts thru the works it jogs left then goes straight before turning right toward the Landram House.


errors, or perhaps the 1916 map is slightly off. But see how things have changed .


(1) the east McCoull lane . The likely routeat least for  part of the way for Page’s guns on the morning of May 12.


in its entirety. (4) is an area of interest. Today a shallow line of works straddles the walkway leading out from Doles Salient to this line of works. In 1916 the road went past the end of the works. Which made sense because it avoided the drain. So the walkway has been moved.


Enjoy. It has come to my attention that viewers using an Android phone or tablet can tap on the photographs and zoom in to get a better view. Unfortunately Windows users can not. That’s something I need to work out with WordPress. My apologies.



About Russ

Avid student of military history as well as amateur historian. Has a keen interest in archaeology. Founded his company in 2004.
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