The Civil War was a crucial moment in American history, a bitter struggle for the nation’s future and, depending on how you look at it, it was basically over before it began.
Looking at a dynamic map of the war shows just how hard-pressed the Confederacy was from the start and the Union attacked from all sides to crush the South.
This video shows the changing front lines of the ACW every single day. Due to the large amounts of them, normal raids are not shown unless they involve significant changes in the front lines. As a tight noose of Union ships form a blockade, it becomes clear that the Confederacy is facing a lopsided fight.
Maroon = Confederate States of America and territories
Red = Areas occupied by Confederate forces
Pink = Gains for that Day
Dark Blue = United States of America and territories
Blue = Areas occupied by Union forces.
Light blue = Gains for that day
Yellow = Border states / disputed areas.