Civil War Trust Animated Map: Shiloh

Take a birds-eye view of the Civil War with an instructive video about the Battle of Shiloh. Paced over the four-day period in which Confederate troops were forced into retreat, the video presents both a strategic and tactical glimpse of the progression of Union troops in northern Mississippi.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to choose a battle of the Civil War on which to conduct additional research and present to the class
  • Organize a trip to Shiloh if your school is close to the battleground
  • Pause at key moments for questions and clarification
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public
  • Accounts of military strategies and tactics are very detailed, and may be difficult for some learners to follow
  • Depicts mild violence in a reenactment of the battle
  • Video is 18 minutes long
Pros

  • Sheds light on a prominent battle of the Civil War
  • Animated map is an effective way to follow both Confederate and Union movements
  • Provides a view of the Shiloh battlefield today, as well as an update on its preservation
Cons

  • None