Confederate line advancing up hill through forest toward Union line. By Alfred Waud.

Confederate line advancing up hill through forest toward Union line. By Alfred Waud.

As with any family history research, maps can aid your Civil War ancestor research.

I’ve looked at many paper maps while reading a battle description to try

Chickamauga on Sept. 19, 1863, by Hal Jespersen available at http://www.posix.com/CWmaps.

Chickamauga on Sept. 19, 1863, by Hal Jespersen available at http://www.posix.com/CWmaps.

understanding my ancestors’ part in the battle. The trouble is, battles ebb and flow and static lines on a paper map can leave you confused as to what actually happened once the battle started.

Now there is an alternative, at least for some battles. The Civil War Trust has created 10 animated maps, some of them are highly sophisticated multimedia productions.

Because this week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga take time to explore the Civil War Trust’s animated map of the north Georgia campaign.

This multimedia presentation is very good, but it has a few flaws. The video shows scenes of troops moving across open ground. In fact, the Chickamauga battle took place in a forest thick with oak, hickory and pine trees. Underbrush grew in dense tangles. Here and there sunlight flooded onto small clearings and farms.

That aside, the animated map is interesting and fun to watch.

Do you know of any other good animated map websites?

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