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Visual Evidence

Illustration 2: The British position and the
American attack.
[Illustration 2] with link to larger version of photo.

These modern maps use contour lines to show topography. Each line represents a specific elevation above sea level. When contour lines are close together, they show steep slopes. Widely spaced contour lines show flat lands.

The lines with arrows represent Stark's troop movements. The "v" marks indicate the locations of Baum's forces.

Questions for Illustration 2

1. Compare Illustration 2 with Illustration 1. Remember that north is at the top of this illustration and at the right side of the Durnford illustration. What features that you identified on Illustration 1 can you find on Illustration 2?

2. Illustration 2 shows the location of Baum's forces on the morning of August 16. The "v" marks show where defensive walls of earth and logs were built to protect the main hilltop camp, the baggage train and the bridge over the river. Can you find Hessian Hill where the Reidesels Dragoons were located? Can you identify the Tory Fort across the river where the American Volunteers were located? If needed, refer to Illustration 1.

3. How is Baum's position shown in the Illustration 1 drawn by Durnford? Which map is easier to understand?

4. Illustration 2 also shows how General Stark divided his forces to surround the British position. How many units attacked? Each unit was supposed to attack at the same time. How would you ensure that these attacks were coordinated? What do you think might have happened if they had not occurred simultaneously?

5. Compare Illustration 2 with Reading 3. Which gives you a better understanding of what happened at the battle?

* The image on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Illustration 2, but be aware that the file will take as much as 45 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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