Civil War Trust Animated Map: Fredericksburg

After the Battle of Fredericksburg, Major General Ambrose Burnside's heavy losses and strategic defeat seemed to spell the end for the Union. See how the battle unfolded with an animated map resource that demonstrates the way General Robert E. Lee guided the Confederate Army to a one-sided victory.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video as part of an independent research project on individual battles of the Civil War
  • Prompt students to write an argument essay in which they analyze one strategic or tactical choice made by either side
Classroom Considerations

  • Animated map will thrill Civil War enthusiasts, but may overwhelm those new to the subject
  • Video is quite long at over 16 minutes of maps

  • Shows a prominent battle of the Civil War in great detail
  • Music connects to the rising action and various climaxes of the battle

  • Does not contain narration, but written commentary instead, making it a difficult resource to show in class for all reading levels
  • Quality of the video is lower than previous resources in the playlist