A still from an Animated Map of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg

Animated Battle Maps

Bringing America's Story – and Defining Conflicts – to Life

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond, watch the battles of America’s First Century come to life, complete with troop movement animations, narratives, video and more. 

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America's Wars Animated Map: 1754-1945

For years, the American Battlefield Trust has been releasing Animated Battle Maps to help bring the battles and campaigns that defined the American Revolution and Civil War to life. Now, for the first time ever, we present to you our “America’s Wars” Animated Battle Map, detailing all major U.S. military conflicts from the French and Indian War to the conclusion of World War 2.


The Revolutionary War Animated Map: April 19, 1775 – September 3, 1783

Witness the Revolutionary War unfold like you have never seen it before. Follow the struggle for American independence, from Lexington Green to the British surrender at Yorktown and beyond. (Runtime 18:44) View or download on Vimeo.


The Civil War Animated Map: April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865

The Civil War remains the bloodiest conflict in American history. Follow the events as they unfold — from the firing on Fort Sumter, to the single bloodiest day at Antietam, to the Confederate surrenders at Appomattox Court House and Bennett Place. (Runtime 27:28) View or download on Vimeo.


Learn about the most famous battle in American history, with the Union and the Confederates trading blows over three hot summer days in July of 1863 – complete with troop movement animations, narratives, reenactment footage and more. (Runtime 16:51) View or download video on Vimeo.

Screenshot of the Peninsula Campaign Animated Map
Screenshot of the animated map of 1865 conflicts
An image from an Animated Map showing the Breakthrough at Petersburg, Va.

About Our Maps

The American Battlefield Trust’s Animated Battle Maps are a flagship component of our K-12 education outreach program and classroom curricula, which have been downloaded and utilized in classrooms around the world and viewed by students and history buffs alike millions of times. 

Developed in conjunction with leading historians, educators, and the National Park Service — and produced by Emmy award winning Wide Awake Films —the Animated Map Collection tells the story of America’s defining conflicts through compelling story telling, state of the art graphics and live action video.

The Animated Map Collection helps to bring the story of America’s past to life, while illustrating the important role that these conflicts and battlefields played from the founding of the United States during the Revolutionary War. To the freeing of 3.5 million slaves because of the Civil War. And how each conflict helped to shape the America of today. 


The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 50,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War.

Wide Awake Films is a creative media group focused on innovative, efficient execution of historical, commercial and corporate video and film production. The production company excels in producing compelling and powerful corporate messages, as well as Emmy award-winning historical content for museums, documentaries and television programming.