Civil War Times
"VG a vital addition to the
of every Civil War aficionado"
Just when you thought it was
impossible for anyone to produce anything new and exciting
about the Battle of Gettysburg-after all, the battle has
been "done" in nearly every format, ad infinitum-along
comes Virtual Gettysburg. With licensed Gettysburg Battlefield
guide Gary Kross narrating, Virtual Gettysburg takes you
on an interactive, personally guided tour of 21 sites on
the battlefield of July 1-3, 1863.
At each site (seven for each day), a panoramic vista treats
you to a 360-degree view of the battleground, while Kross
explains the who, what, when, where, why, and how of that
particular location. As the tour unfolds, a map pinpoints
your current location, direction, and field of view; photographs
show key personages mentioned in the narration; and a simple
click of the mouse enables you to highlight points of interest
as Kross describes them. The user-friendly format allows
you to delve deeper into the subject at hand by exploring
maps, period photographs, and monuments.
Another helpful tool is the accompanying 118-page guidebook,
which includes most of the text of Kross's narration, with
black-and-white photographs and maps. After taking the virtual
tour via your computer, you can physically travel to Gettysburg
and take an actual tour, using the set of three audio CDs
included in the package, which contain Kross's entire narration.
A very welcome feature of this CDROM is its compatibility
with both PC and Mac systems. That, combined with its easily
accessible format and comprehensive treatment of this crucial
battle, makes Virtual Gettysburg a vital addition to the
bookshelf of every Civil War aficionado.
Brenda Wilt, Civil War Times
Vol. XLI No. 6, December 2002
Civil War Times, Vol. XLI No. 6, December 2002