For Immediate Release: 03/30/11
For 150th Anniversary Commemoration of Civil War, Fort Sumter Gets Animated
First of its kind narrated, interactive map brings to life the events that culminated in the April 1861 Confederate bombardment of Union bastion in Charleston Harbor.
(Washington, D.C.) – As Americans prepare for the sesquicentennial of the opening shots of the Civil War, the Civil War Trust, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting our Civil War heritage, has unveiled a new online tool to help illuminate the complex events that culminated in the historic bombardment of Fort Sumter. Featuring explanatory narration, animated battle sequences, and a variety of period photographs and illustrations, the Civil War Trust’s Fort Sumter Animated Map, viewable at www.civilwar.org/fortsumteranimated, is a unique way to experience 19th-century history using 21st-century technology.
“As we begin in earnest the 150th anniversary commemoration of this tumultuous time in our nation’s history, there is increased public interest in both the causes and lasting effects of the conflict,” said Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer. “With projects like this animated map, which take advantage of technological advances to bring the past to life, we hope to inspire a deeper understanding of and appreciation for American history.”
The Civil War Trust has created a popular series of animated maps that both demonstrate how action unfolded during major battles, as well as illustrate the importance of preserving these hallowed sites. At present, the Trust has produced animated maps for the battles of Cedar Creek, Chancellorsville, Chantilly, Franklin and Fredericksburg. The Fort Sumter effort improves on the previous formula by adding a narration track to the presentation, improving the flow of information with a more seamless audio presentation, rather than a text-based one.
“History need not be found solely in the static texts of books,” said Lighthizer. “During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we want history to come alive, whether through the exploration of primary source documents and photographs, or the interactivity of our animated maps and ‘Battle Apps’ — personalized, GPS-enabled smartphone tours.”
Additional resources for exploring Civil War history in conjunction with the 150th anniversaries of Fort Sumter and other forthcoming milestones — ranging from photo exhibits to articles written by academic experts in the field —can be found on the Civil War Trust’s sesquicentennial resource page, www.civilwar150.org. Other features include the latest anniversary news and events from commemorations across the country and the popular “This Day in Civil War History” calendar. Resources specifically related to the Battle of Fort Sumter are available at www.civilwar.org/fortsumter.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at the home of the sesquicentennial, www.civilwar.org.