Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Civil War in Four Minutes

(Update: See below.)

Yep, you read that right -- the battles and progress of the Civil War in graphic form in just four minutes. I've been reading a lot on the Civil War the past couple of years -- both from the library and I've found a great local source of books on the era very cheap. As I think I've already noted, the parallels between then and today are enlightening.

Watch the video (It's only four minutes!) and painlessly learn a little history at the same time.

But wait! There's more!

Via fellow Mid-South board-gamer Chris Boothe, we also have a Flash version of the Battle of Gettysburg. It glosses over some things (like the heroism of Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine in holding Little Round Top) but captures much of the sense of the battle and the titanic forces unleashed there.

But this US Army presentation also comes with a lot of supplementary materials that fill out the broader story, and tell you something of the arms of the time.

Highly recommended. Thanks, Chris!

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