New research suggests that the decisions he made at key points in the battle were based primarily on what he could see. And what he could see was, as a result of the terrain, not enough of the true picture to arrive at the conclusion that he was outnumbered and would lose this exchange.
A group of mapping experts have produced an interactive site that lets you see exactly what people on the ground actually could see as the battle proceeded:
|What Lee Saw|
|What Lee Actually Faced|
Here's me standing at the place where Colonel Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine saved the Union by holding Little Round Top. May God grant rest to all the men of both sides who gave their lives fighting in those fateful days.