The American Battlefield Trust Debuts Documentary Series 'Battlefield America: The Civil War' with MagellanTV

Six-part series, a partnership with the streaming service and Wide Awake Films, features the non-profit’s popular animated battle maps and leading historians

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(Washington, D.C.) — The American Battlefield Trust has partnered with streaming service MagellanTV and Wide Awake Films to present the dynamic new six-part documentary series Battlefield America: The Civil War. The series, which debuted this Spring, features the Trust’s popular animated battle maps, video and interviews with top historians to explore and explain the tactics and strategy of the armies during the conflict. 

Wars, campaigns and battles are hard to understand, and people crave clear explanations. Using the Trust’s animated battle maps, Battlefield America lends a graspable visual element to the narrative that makes it easier to understand,” says Trust Chief Historian Garry Adelman. “Novices will find it helpful to simply know the order in which battles occurred. Well-seasoned battlefield enthusiasts will benefit from historians’ latest scholarship layered over the maps.”

Each of the series’ six episodes features a different engagement, including the Battles of Shiloh, Antietam, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga and the multi-battle Overland Campaign. The series takes a closer look at the troop placement, tactical decisions and strategies employed by the generals and commanders. The Trust’s Animated Maps collection helps bring alive these individual battles with troop movement animations, narratives, video and more.

The series also utilizes Civil War-era photography and modern-day aerial and ground-level views of the battlefields, exploring the crucial role these landscapes played in the outcome of the battles. Interviews with historians include on-site analysis and insight into the personalities of the armies’ commanders and common soldiers and the challenges they faced.

“To the American Battlefield Trust, history goes far beyond the recording of dates and places. It’s a vital act of preserving the deep emotional well springs that have shaped our collective selves. Accordingly, it has been an incredible honor to collaborate with the women and men of the Trust on our series “Battlefield America: The Civil War,’” says Thomas Lucas, co-founder of MagellanTV.  

“From everyone at MagellanTV, we are deeply honored to present ‘Battlefield America: The Civil War’ in association with the American Battlefield Trust. We share the organization’s belief that preserving historic battlefields is vital to preserving who we are and how our nation came to be.”

In conjunction with the series, Trust members at the Color Bearer level receive complementary access for one year to MagellanTV in recognition of their leadership in the battlefield preservation cause. Additional offers for Trust members will allow access to view the series and can be found on the Trust website at:

About MagellanTV

MagellanTV is an ad-free streaming service that hosts volumes of premium documentary programs. The platform’s catalog encompasses true crime, history, science, biography, nature, and arts, and a growing its selection of 4K content.

About the American Battlefield Trust

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 57,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War. Learn more at

About Wide Awake Films

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.