The Army’s Other Eyes and Ears: The Topographical Engineers

Dale Floyd speaking at the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

On March 19, 2015, Dale Floyd presented the first lecture in a new six part CPN Thursday series entitled The Civil War Through Different Lenses (2015).

“The army regulations stipulated that the topographical engineers were to make such surveys and exhibit such delineations as the commanding general shall direct, to make plans of all military positions which the army may occupy and of their respective vicinities indicating the various roads, rivers, creeks, ravines, hills, woods and villages to be found therein,” says Floyd in this interesting podcast.

Born in Dayton Ohio, Mr. Floyd received his BS in education from Ohio University and an MA in history from the University at Dayton. He also completed additional history post graduate work at American University and at the University of Virginia. He has written nine books on military history. Mr. Floyd has been an archivist at the National Archives, and an historian with the US Army Core of Engineers and the National Park Service. As a military historian Mr. Floyd specializes in military architecture, military education and 19th century military history.

The lecture series was organized by award-winning historian and Charlottesville-based author, lecturer, and cartographer Rick Britton in conjunction with the Senior Center in Charlottesville.

Click here to listen to all six parts of this series.