"Brings to Life""You’re going to want to share HistoryAnimated. The site brings to life those dashed and dotted line maps to depict key naval and land battles using graphics, text, sound, and animations."
"One of my favorite US History resources""One of my favorite US History resources.....my students absolutely loved the animations complete with their sound effects and marching visuals."
"Something Different""These animations can be used in many ways from providing students with something different than just reading about a battle to using them as discussion starters on why a battle happened the way it did."
"Surprisingly detailed depiction .... and really well done""this is a surprisingly detailed depiction... and really well done....The site is really professionally done and will appeal to anyone who is new to a particular battle or campaign. The moving animation provides a teaching tool which is more difficult with only text and still maps. "
"Read Several Books and never get the same comprehension""You could read several books and never get the same comprehension of the overall battles as with these animations."
"Start Exploring""Get the children excited. Let them start exploring the Civil War sites before you even hit the road. Check out civilwaranimated.com to preview the battlefields."
Civil War Animated Maps
Welcome to Civil War Animated
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a good animation is worth ten thousand. After reading book after book about the US Civil War and finding only complicated maps with dotted lines and dashed lines crisscrossing the pages, we decided to depict the key naval and land battles using animation technology.
While the animation helps readers view a broader picture of the battles showing the inter-relationships of the opponents in time and space more clearly, it is limited in the detail that can be shown. While accuracy has been attempted, at times the picture of the battles must be simplified to make the battle as clear as possible.
We are not attempting to reinterpret history, but merely to depict it as the best military historians have written it.
From Todd Bryda, Professor of History at Northwestern Connecticut Community College “In the constant battle to keep students interested in the past, History Animated gives teachers a precious resource to fight for the attention of the video game generation. The maps are visually appealing and represent solid scholarship. What separates the operators of this site from others isn’t just that they provide a quality product, but they are also open to suggestions, i.e. a compact disk without text for classroom use. Well done!”