We've added a version of a paper we delivered at the Society for Historical Archeology Conference in New Orleans on January 4. Archeology isn't just about digging. Much of it has to do with modeling the activity of humans on the landscape at various times and for various purposes. The paper addresses various levels and scales of observation between the lines of combatants- from the heights of signal towers and trees, to the depths of covered ways and picket posts in locations where the observers needed cover.
There’s more we could have added- French terms are particularly descriptive- boyaux, a military term for communications trenches, can literally be translated as bowels or guts. A vidette, related to latin words about seeing and watching, is a mounted sentry in advance of the outposts of the army.
Also- sometimes we read or reread a regimental account that provides great descriptions of some of the features we've already posted. In this case, James A. Emmerton, AA Record of the Twenty-third Regiment Mass. Vol. Infantry in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865, provides good descriptions of the Confederate mine explosion of August 5, 1864, and has been added to our discussion of that topic.
He also has a vivid description of the August 15, 1865 flood, which has been added to
Dams and Inundations.
"A Strange Sort of Warfare Underground"cord of the Twenty-third Regiment Mass. Vol. Infantry in the War of the Rebellion 1861-1865