Digital History Center Projects

Digital History Center Projects

Projects

 

The projects undertaken or supported by the DHC generally fall into three broad categories:

 

Medieval Sieges

Cadets and DHC faculty are using quantitative methods to analyze sieges of the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) and the Anglo-Norman period (1066-1141).

Music of American Military History

In collaboration with the West Point Band, the DHC presents songs that illustrate and evoke America’s wars, from the French and Indian War through the Civil War.

Courts Martial of the American Revolution

Another collaboration between faculty and cadets to create and analyze a historical data-set, this one based on records of the numerous courts martial conducted by the Continental Army.

Military History Through Cartoons

The West Point History of Warfare incorporates dozens of contemporary cartoons to help readers understand and connect with military history.  An upcoming DHC project will create a stand-alone digital interactive book explaining the history of and in some of the most interesting and revealing cartoons created during the wars of the past.

Monuments & Memorialization

Monuments have always provided a source of discussion and intrigue. Cadets explore examples ranging from the traditional to the controversial.

Breaking the Color Line: LTC William N. Reed in the Civil War

The US Army has consistently been at the forefront of social change in the United States. This is made extensively clear during the Civil War, when African Americans were first brought into the ranks. For this project, cadets examine the record of Lieutenant Colonel William N. Reed, the highest ranking African American soldier during the War.

The Hudson Valley in the American Revolution

MAJ Thomas McShea leads cadets, in conjunction with Department Cartographer Mr. Jeffrey Goldberg, exploring various conflict zones, roads, and fortifications located in the Hudson Valley of New York during the Revolutionary War. This project will unite cadets majoring in GIS and History, and will also pioneer the Department's use of a UAS (drone) platform for data collection.

Battleflow Modeling Agincourt & Gettysburg

In collaboration with the Purdue University FORCES Initiative, DHC faculty member Prof. Clifford J. Rogers is working on a project to use mathematical modelling to better understand the battle of Agincourt in 1415, when Henry V’s small English army destroyed a well-equipped French force around five times as large utilizing a new type of analysis, "Battleflow". The team is also analyzing the actions on 3 July at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Poitiers Campaign Story Map

West Point's Latin Reading Club (Turma ad Latinam) explores the 1356 campaign of the Black Prince in southern France, based on the texts from the Eulogium Historiarum. The club will work in conjunction with Mr. Jeff Goldberg, the Department's Cartographer, to create an interactive story map, chronicling the timeline of the action.

Integrating West Point

From its first graduate in 1802, the United States Military Academy exclusively accepted and trained white men. The Black History Project, in association with History Cadets, examine the multiple attempts to change that policy from the days immediately following the civil war to when women were first accepted in 1976.