Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Civil War Animated

I spent a pleasant hour today at a website titled Civil War Animated. The site depicts key land battles of the American Civil War using animation. The animation was colorful, was annotated, and left me a good sense of the history of each battle I examined.

I will admit to some initial difficulty with the controls. It took me a few minutes to figure out the color coding and how to advance the battles. Once I figured it out though, it was easy. The site has a launched a companion site titled Pacific War Animated which deals with World War Two. I have not had a chance to check that one out but I am sure it is equally good.

From the site:

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 expect to continue developing new animations every few weeks until all of the key battles of the Civil War have been animated.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This was a great find. It's very exciting to actually be able to see these battles depicted, instead of attempting to visualize them and failing.