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Civil War Preservation Trust

1156 15th Street, Suite 900

Washington, District of Columbia 20005

United States

Company Description

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust ha ... more

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Employment History

Civil War Journeys

Distinguished Engineer

Sun Microsystems , Inc.

Founder and Principal

POSIX Software Group

Webmaster

South Bay Civil War Round Table

Chief Technology Officer

iPlanet Web Server

Manager of OS Development

Amdahl Corporation

Information Technology Manager

Bechtel Corporation

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Open IT Works Inc

Distinguished Engineer

The SunNetwork

Affiliations

Member
Blue and Gray Education Society

Education

BS

electrical engineering

Carnegie-Mellon University

MS

systems management

USC

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Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen | Blue & Gray Education Society

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Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen | Jackson's Valley Campaign, May 21 - June 9, 1862 | Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen | Continue Reading | 0

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Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen | Jackson's Valley Campaign, May 21 - June 9, 1862 | Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen | Continue Reading | 0
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Hal Jespersen, a long-time BGES member and retired computer industry executive, has created over 200 free maps illustrating Civil War campaigns and battles for Wikipedia. Hal recently started offering his mapmaking skills to historians for commercial use, and in 2011 completed eight projects for publication. In 2012, BGES has commissioned Hal to produce a series of large-scale campaign maps for use in the field.
Visit Hal's new website, CWMaps.com to see 200+ maps available for free downloading, and a portfolio of his commercial services for custom maps. If you are writing a book or magazine article, or would like illustrations for a website or presentation, Hal produces a high-quality product at a reasonable price. Although any military mapmaking project is fair game, Hal has a deep familiarity with the campaigns, battles, tactics, and organizations of the Civil War, and has amassed a large research library to aid him in his work, so he can be an ideal partner for any Civil War historian.


Camp Olden CWRT Links

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Hal Jespersen's Civil War Maps

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South Bay Civil War Round Table

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Hal Jespersen on "Civil War Cartography"

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Hal Jespersen's cartography business has produced over 800 maps for Wikipedia and numerous books, magazines, and battlefield displays. Hal discussed  the state of mapmaking during the war, reviewed the work of some famous cartographers, and described tools and processes he uses to create maps. Some of the technical concepts included were projection, elevation rendering, evaluating the accuracy of the Official Records Atlas, and plotting the courses of 19th century rivers, roads, and railroads.
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Hal Jespersen
Hal Jespersen is a retired computer industry executive - formerly of Sun Microsystems - who has a strong interest in studying the Civil War. Hal was a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer in the 1970s, including Viet Nam, and then held a variety of computer software jobs in Silicon Valley until his retirement in 2010. Although he studied some military history and visited some battlefields as an ROTC cadet, Hal's overriding interest in the war was triggered recently by a specific event - reading Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels in 2003. That led to a period of voracious reading about the Battle of Gettysburg and to the first of a number of trips to that hallowed ground.
In 2004, Hal began to make significant contributions to the Civil War articles on Wikipedia, and is the principal author of about 130 battle and campaign articles as well as an equal number of biographical articles about Civil War generals. In addition to the text of the articles, Hal has published over 800 Civil War battle maps, which are appearing in a number of online sites and numerous books. Hal focuses his interests primarily east of the Mississippi, and although he loves the Army of the Potomac, believes that the war was substantially won in the Western Theater.
Hal's mapping website, www.CWMaps.com, includes about 200 freely available maps of the war, as well as information about his custom cartography business. His personal website, www.posix.com/CW/, contains links to his important Wikipedia articles and a large number of travelogue articles, recording his visits to Civil War battlefields and seminars over the years. Hal is the webmaster for three Civil War Round Tables: South Bay, Peninsula, and Old Baldy (Philadelphia).


Civil War Journeys - What's New

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Hal Jespersen's Civil War Maps

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Hal Jespersen's Civil War Maps


Interview with Hal Jespersen

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Interview with Hal Jespersen
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CWPT recently had a chance to sit down with Hal Jespersen, a CWPT Color Bearer and a driving force behind the development of American Civil War content on Wikipedia. Over the past 6 years Hal has authored more than 130 Civil War battle summaries and has contributed more than 160 Civil War maps to the Wikipedia collection.
Hal Jespersen at Cold Harbor
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Hal Jespersen on the Cold Harbor battlefield (Photo by Rob Shenk)
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Hal Jespersen: I took a rudimentary military history course and visited some battlefields in ROTC, but service in Vietnam and Europe and then the computer business took my focus away from the Civil War.
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Gettysburg - Day Two Map on Wikipedia (Map by Hal Jespersen)
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Hal Jespersen with Ed Bearss
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Hal Jespersen with Ed Bearss (Photo provided by Hal Jespersen)
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More About Hal Jespersen
Hal Jespersen is a retired computer industry executive who has a strong interest in studying the Civil War. Hal was a U.S. Army Signal Corps officer in the 1970s and then held a variety of computer software jobs in Silicon Valley until his retirement in 2010. In 2004, Hal began to make significant contributions to the Civil War articles on Wikipedia, and is the principal author of about 130 battle and campaign articles as well as an equal number of biographical articles about Civil War generals. In addition to the text of the articles, Hal has published over 160 Civil War battle maps, which are starting to appear in a number of online sites and some recently published books. Hal focuses his interests primarily east of the Mississippi, and although he loves the Army of the Potomac, feels that the war was substantially won in the Western Theater.
Hal's website, http://www.posix.com/CW/, contains links to his maps, his important Wikipedia articles, and a large number of travelogue articles, recording his visits to Civil War battlefields and seminars over the years. Hal is the webmaster for three Civil War Round Tables: [San Francisco] Peninsula, South Bay (San Jose), and Old Baldy (Philadelphia).

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