Digital History Center News

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13 February 2023

The Digital History Center's most recent publication demonstrates our capabilities when it comes to high quality educational materials. Cadets enrolled in HI392 - American Historical Memory, get a first hand experience with their new online textbook analyzing the monument to British Revolutionary officer John André located in Tappan, New York. This book features maps, timelines, and 3D models developed by the DHC, along with research and writing from Department of History instructor LTC Rory McGovern.

1 February 2023

With help from our friends in Geography and Environmental Engineering, the Digital History Center is airborne! In the coming months, we aim to acquire a drone platform to further our capabilities in data collection and videography to greatly expand the types of projects we are able to accomplish.

7 December 2022

In our first installment for the Hudson Valley in the American Revolution Project, the Digital History Center is proud to announce the publication of “The Battle of Stony Point: A Digital Staff Ride.” Researched and developed by Cadet Max Kohmetscher (USMA 2023) and Major Tom McShea, and produced by Department of History Cartographer Jeffrey Goldberg, “The Battle of Stony Point” utilizes the latest digital mapping technologies to render an 18th-century map on three-dimensional terrain to create a new, virtual way of experiencing this little-known but strategically important battle of the American Revolution. Learn more about Stony Point virtually or use it to enhance your in-person visit of the battlefield.

15 June 2022

Cadet Max Kohmetscher, MAJ Tom McShea, and Department Cartographer Jeff Goldberg travel to Stony Point Battlefield Historic Site to survey the location as part of MAJ McShea's "Hudson Valley in the American Revolution" project. They spoke with members of the Battlefield staff about the location, why the battle occurred where it did, as well as skirmishes at nearby locations and routes taken by the soldiers to arrive at the conflict.

28 May 2022

Cadets Raven Skousen and Kai Paxton completed a DHC-Sponsored AIAD (Academic Individual Advanced Development ) History Research Lab project supervised by Prof. Cliff Rogers. The team created a database of the over 300 discrete military actions (battles, skirmishes, and sieges) noted in the narrative of the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman chronicler Orderic Vitalis. The focus was on the roughly 200 sieges, for which as much information as possible was captured, such as the names of attackers and defenders, the dates and duration of the operation, success or failure, whether successfully besieged places were taken by assault, negotiated surrender, unconditional surrender, or abandonment, and many other variables. CDT Skousen will continue to work on analyzing the data in the fall semester, aiming to present his results in a paper at a scholarly conference in the spring.