I chose to track the movements of Lieutenant Cuthbert W. Laing of the 2nd Michigan Battery. He served under Brigadier General Hurlbut, so initial troop positions were still reflected on maps. However, even using all the tools available to me, it was still difficult to track the movements of Lt. Laing. Laing’s report was very detailed, describing the advancements, holdings, and retreats of his battery and for how long. He also provided details of surrounding landmarks such as a log house, camp, and orchard. These landmarks were incredibly helpful when looking at the maps. It was also useful to know from the animated map from the Civil War Trust that Brig. Gen. Hurlbut was in a formation along with Mcclernand and Nelson, in order to identify where the 2nd Michigan Battery was in the maps. Unfortunately, in some of the maps, there was no picture of the log house to provide context, and the orchard was not pictured on almost any of them. That seems interesting because the orchard is where General Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the CSA, was killed. Another difficulty was that certain maps either only depicted the initial positions of Hurlbut’s troops near camp or in formation with Mcclernand, Nelson and others. The maps did not display the movements of the troops. However, that is most likely because maps such as those drawn by Buell, were drawn by those who did not have a omniscient point of view of the battle and what had happened. This could only be attempted with complete knowledge and reports from officers of both sides, which could only be completed after the war ended. All of this compiled information, which would be substantiated by each others accounts, might create a more informative and reliable map. This would help historians examine strategic movements and failures of each side and determine the winners and losers.