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Civil War Battlefield Markers website

by fifer1863 on March 14, 2011

Here is a cool link that I cam across recently, a database of battlefield and historical markers.

According to the website, “Listed here are blog entries, pages, and links to marker lists which detail the historical markers located on Civil War battlefields.” It goes on to say, “The intent is to offer “virtual tours” of the battlefield by way of historical markers.  A “tour” may cover an entire battle (where the number of markers is small) or just a segment of a larger battlefield.  Each tour set offers between three to thirty marker entries.  The individual marker entries vary in quality, however.  The best entries offer not only a photo and text on the marker, but also subject and area photographs in order to reinforce the interpretation.  The entries also offer links to more information about the events discussed on the marker.”

So, if we look at the Battle of Kernstown (fought on March 23, 186), you can see 18 different historical markers related to this battle. Here is an example of one of the markers:

 

Now, what is REALLY cool is that it gives you the map coordinates of where to find the marker.  So, while the database does give you a Google map to look at, you could have your students paste this (or several of the markers) into Google Earth and then create a Google Earth tour or add the information to an existing tour that you may have created.

Happy exploring!

 

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I’m starting to use Google Earth more and more these days for different projects and presentations.  So in addition to previous posts related to Google Earth, I was looking around for some resources today and happened onto the Pennsylvania Civil War Trails website.  One of the cool things I noticed is that they now have a KMZ file to add to your Google Earth specifically related to Pa’s trails.

Here is a photo from Google Earth with the file loaded.  Check out all of the locations to explore!

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Here is a close up detail of one of the items:

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Last but not least, is the Civil War Trails website also includes several photos of the Gettysburg battlefield, museums, towns and cemeteries in GIGAPAN format!!!

Here are some links:

Little Round Top from Devils Den

Gettysburg National Cemetery

Camp Curtain – Harrisburg

So many integration ideas come to mind, I don’t know where to start. One for starters would be to have your kids explore the photos or the Google Earth locations and look for clues and write a narrative about what they are looking at.

So much to explore and so little time…let me know what you find.

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