The full version of Civil War 1864: A Virtual Reality Experience is an immersive storytelling approach that puts you back in time as you navigate in 360 degrees how it may have looked, felt and sounded to be soldier. Viewable in a variety of formats — from desktop computer to mobile device to virtual reality headset — these short segments take you inside a Confederate sniper’s lair, into a Union defensive position, along on a reconnaissance patrol and inside a Union field hospital.
The American Battlefield Trust has long worked to educate people in a variety of ways in hopes of opening up windows of understanding and potentially transformative experiences. Through battlefield tours and events, videos, media stories, on-site interpretation, 3D photography and standard articles, we have done well. But most of these approaches lack the same potential to put people back in time as does virtual reality (VR). The VR experience is a different form of storytelling that puts the viewer in the scene. As one Youtube viewer put it, “You’ve just revolutionized history storytelling.”