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1.   Where are the maps from?  Where are the photo’s from?  Can I not just find them online myself?

All the photographs and maps in the American Civil War Collection are public domain and available on the internet but from many different sources.   The majority of the maps were produced by Hal Jespersen or Andrei Nacu, both keen users of Wikipedia.  All of the archive photographs are available from the Library of Congress.  All these files are available but only for individual download.  In other words, you need to trace each map, download it, catalogue it and then file it.

Most importantly we have then used these photographs and maps with the free Google Earth application to trace the key locations and FIT THEM INTO THE REAL WORLD.  

As any researcher will know, the internet is full of useful, free information.  The hard part of using this modern search tool is finding all the information you need quickly without spending hours searching and searching.  The combined Maps and Photos Collection saves the keen researcher or hard pressed educator from having to do this research.  

As an added bonus we have also added many additional files of maps, Civil War related documents, web links and campaign lists which give web users instant access to more information about the battles.

2.   What is Google Earth and how do I get it?

Google Earth is one of the best free application available on the internet (LINK TO GOOGLE HERE).  It allows users to see just about any place on the planet from a birds eye perspective.    Hours and hours can be wasted just checking out those famous places we all want to visit.

Built into Google Earth are many tools (and Google are adding more all the time) which further enhance the application.  

American Civil War Collection has taken two of these, overlays and Point of Interest markers, to create unique files.  As the name implies, ‘overlays’ involve overlaying a classic map of a Civil War battle on the ground where it took place.  The Points of Interest markers pin point exactly where the key events happened.

Although a very simple idea, the map created using an overlay enhances the ability of the user to visualize the events that took place.   Seeing where Pickett’s Charge took place on a colorful map is one thing, but seeing the actual ground where it happened, and the relative position of each force is extremely powerful.  And hopefully it will improve the understanding of students (and maybe even teachers!).  

Nothing beats visiting a location but this amazing tool makes the battlefields come to life.  

Video History Today, American Civil War Collection’s parent organisation is developing another imaginative step in bring the battlefields to the classroom: video clips of the battlefield that students can use and adapt to create mini-documentaries.

A majority of the maps from Wikipedia were created by Hal Jespersen, Andrei Nacu or the National Park Service.

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ClickBank has quickly become a global leader in the sale of digital goods online with more than 10,000 product publishers and over 100,000 registered affiliates. Each day, ClickBank completes nearly 20,000 orders from more than 200 countries around the world. ClickBank.com is consistently ranked as one of the most highly trafficked sites on the internet”.

Clickbank uses sophisticated international fraud control to screen all purchases.  For maximum card security, all orders are sent directly to the banking network for immediate authorization.  American Civil War Maps do not store any credit card or bank account numbers.

“ClickBank is privately held with offices in Broomfield, Colorado and Boise, Idaho. Click Sales Inc. is a subsidiary of Keynetics™ Inc. All products and services offered by Keynetics™ or its subsidiaries are subject to the Keynetics™ Legal Notice.”

For further information see the web site (www.Clickbank.com).

4.    What is Video History Today all about?


Video History Today is a UK based organization providing video clips and photographs recorded in the actual location where major historical events happened.  

The video clip packages are aimed at schools, colleges and universities and designed to be used by students in the creation of mini-documentaries or video essays relating to the major events in World History.  

While the American Civil War Collection provides many Google Earth links to the battlefields of the Civil War and Google Earth itself shows the user what the battlefields look like from above, Video History Today takes the user down to ground level and as well as showing what a place looks like, provides students (and teachers) with the raw materials to create their own video story about the battles.

Video History Today has initially focused on four areas of European and American History;

                                                      The Holocaust

                                                      World War II in Normandy

                                                      American Civil War (Eastern Theater around Virginia)

                                                      World War I in the Somme & Ypres (Ieper)


Each product comes in a 4GB USB memory sticks containing over 3GB of video clips, maps, photographs and much more on the above topics.  

For more information, please visit the Video History Today web site.

For more information, please visit the Video History Today web site.

5.    How big are the files?  How long will it take to download the files?

The American Civil War Map Collection contains more than 200 maps, over 50 overlays and much much more.

In order to keep the quality of the maps high (and therefore more practical to use) the file size has not been compromised.   The downloadable file is 108MB in size and once UnZipped expands to 113MB, (this is quite normal with Zipped files).

6.   Why are the image files not larger?

All the digitised files in the American Civil War Photographs Collection have been downloaded at the maximum JPEG file size available.  

It is possible to download a TIFF file of many of the images which result in better quality images.  Unfortunately these files are significantly larger at about 2MB per image on average.  Each file is therefore 10 times larger then each JPEG file and the whole Collection would total over 3.5GB.  

While the higher quality is desirable it is not practical.  The smaller JPEG files are more convenient to use and simpler for teachers and students alike.

It is difficult to confirm the exact amount of time it would take to download the American Civil War Maps file because the time can vary due your internet connection speed and network conditions.  

As an example, to download 100MB on a 56k (dial-up) connection would take around 4 hours (not recommended).  With a 500k broadband connection, it would take about 30 minutes and on a 2MB connection, it would take about 7 minutes.

7.     I get an error message regarding the number of characters in the file name and cannot open the Zip file?  

Some of the file names (and sub-files) within the Collection are quite long.  UnZip programs may struggle to open the Zipped Collection file if the location you request to open it in also contains a long file name (ie: C:\Program File/Downloads/School Stuff/American Civil War/ etc...)  

The solution is to initially open the Zipped file in a source directory.  In other words, select the C:\ drive only (or D:\ or E:\ etc not C:\Program File/Downloads/School Stuff/American Civil War/ etc...).  The opened file (the Collection in its viewable state rather then in the ‘closed’ Zip file state) can then be easily moved to your chosen location on your hard drive.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.   Where are the maps from?  Where are the photo’s from?  Can I not just find them online myself?

2.   What is Google Earth and how do I get it?

3.   How secure is Clickbank?

4.   What is Video History Today all about?

5.   How big are the files?  How long will it take to download the files?

6.   Why are the image files not larger?

7.     I get an error message regarding the number of characters in the file name and cannot open the Zip file?