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     Here is a short guide to help you get the most enjoyment out of using Civil War Virtual Tours.  The site is very graphic intensive.  I have opted for simplicity over flash and style simply because there are so many pictures, maps and video that can take up bandwidth.  While I hope you enjoy the layout, I hope you enjoy the content even more!


  1. Always hover your mouse over a picture to see if it links to a larger image.  The thumbnail pictures next to the text lead to a large image.  If you click on this large image in turn, it will lead you to an image at maximum resolution and clarity.
  2. Pictures always open in a new window.  Depending on what the preferences are set to on your browser, it may open in a new tab.  You may have to disable pop-up windows for in order to see the pictures.
  3. This website is set for viewing at a resolution of 1024x768 or better.  If you are viewing from a computer with a resolution of 800x600 you may have to scroll left and right.
  4. There are a lot of high resolution pictures on the site, although you have to click through thumbnails to get to most of them.  This keeps down loading times on your computer.  If you just want to look at maps and pictures, great!  Just click on the thumbnails once to get the normal picture, and only click through to the high-res ones if you really need to.  An internet connection speed of DSL or greater is recommended for viewing.  You will not get much out of this site using a dial-up connection.
  5. The Blog is also the site’s  What’s New section.  Check it out to see what work is being done and what’s coming next.
  6. Feel free to print and use the maps for your own personal use.  I strongly encourage you to print up the maps and take them with you if you visit the battlefields in person.  It would give me a sense of pride and accomplishment if I knew I was helping people better understand one of the battles of the Civil War.
  7. Please don’t use any map, picture, or image obtained from Civil War Virtual Tours on your own website without my express written permission.  I have gone to great lengths to make these maps, and any image or picture I didn’t make myself (or are not public domain) I have asked permission from the original owners.  If you feel I have used an image that you own, please contact me and let me know.
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