Instructional Video

Antietam: Animated Battle Map

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The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest single day of the Civil War — and ended with an arguably inconclusive result. A detailed video takes viewers through the troop movements and military strategy of the Union and the Confederacy during the dramatic battle of September 17, 1862.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Provide a reference list of the prominent people and locations of the battle for learners 
  • Use the video in a larger project in which small groups research individual battles of the war and discuss how each skirmish led to the next
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not provide background knowledge of previous events or historical figures; best used in the context of a more thorough unit on the Civil War
  • Comment section is open to the public and full of very detailed opinions
  • Depicts injured and fallen soldiers, both fictionalized and actual photographs from 1862
  • Video discusses very detailed movements of the battle, which is engaging for those interested in the Civil War, but may be overwhelming for those new to the subject
  • This video is hosted on YouTube
  • Provides natural pauses to stop the video for discussion and questions
  • Animated map, battle reenactments, and engaging narration are sure to spark the interest of young historians
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