Story Map Marks Gettysburg Sesquicentennial

Fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg marked a turning point in America’s Civil War. Fought in a small market town in Pennsylvania,  the battle involved about 164,000 men, and was the bloodiest of the war with over 51,000 casualties.

Marking next week’s sesquicentennial of the battle, a new Battle of Gettysburg Story Map has just been published. The story map represents a collaborative effort with Smithsonian, Anne Kelly Knowles of Middlebury College, Alex Tait of International Mapping, and Esri’s story maps team. It offers a new way to explore the Battle, and provides insights as to how elevation and visibility played an important role in its strategy and outcome.

The story map can be viewed on Smithsonian’s website and can also be opened as a standalone story map application. You can explore other story maps at Esri’s Storytelling with Maps website.

Bern Szukalski

About Bern Szukalski

Tech evangelist and product strategist at Esri, focusing on ways to broaden access to geographic information and helping users succeed with the ArcGIS Platform. On a good day I'm making a map, on a great day I'm on one. Follow @bernszukalski or email
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  1. niikotei says:

    I am currently working on developing a story map and I need to incorporate a timeline. I was wondering how that was achieved in the Gettysburg example. Is there a tutorial I can access that will help me with this. Thank you very much!

  2. John says:

    I am echoing niikotei’s post from August 15. I would like to make a Civil War map similar to the incredible Gettysburg map. My focus is on the less well remembered Battle of Helena, Arkansas, also fought on July 4th, 1963. A tutorial or narrative on building the Gettysburg map would be much appreciated.

  3. Nigel says:

    Hi Bern

    Is there a tutorial on how to incorporate the time line function into an ArcGIS story map?


    • Bern Szukalski Bern Szukalski says:

      That particular story map is a custom one, built specifically to accommodate the Gettysburg story. You can embed a time-enabled template, like the new Time Aware template, in a story map to show the time slider.