Night Before the Battle



Explore the expansive history behind the American Civil War with these interactive experiences!


Painting Scavenger Hunt

Search “The Night Before the Battle,” a Civil War-era painting by James Henry Beard, for clues into the life of a soldier fighting for his country.


Soldier Story Narrative

In this choose-your-own-adventure game, play a variety of Civil War roles and explore the harsh realities of war on both sides. Photographs of the War are used to tell the story.


Civil War Timeline

The Civil War unfolds with this interactive timeline. Choose battles, political events, or artwork to chart the course of the conflict from beginning to end.

Civil War Primary Sources:

Learn more about the Civil War from these original sources.


The games & interactive media on this site were developed after initial exploration by students in RIT Professor Gordon Goodman’s class Writing for Interactive Media in Spring 2012 with the assistance of Susan Dodge-Peters Daiss, then McPherson Director of Education at the Memorial Art Gallery. Under Prof. Goodman’s supervision, the project was extended by coop students from the School of Interactive Games and Media’s Game Design and Development undergraduate program: Daniel Acito, Timothy Franda, Justin Hardenburg, Sam E. Trapp and Connor Vanderpool. Considerable bug fixes, updates, refinements and interface enhancements were completed by Christopher Knepper of RIT’s New Media Development program, under Prof. Goodman’s supervision. Additional assistance was provided by Lu Harper, MAG webmaster. MAG thanks Prof. Goodman for his support in this and other collaborations.


These games were created with Flash, which is not supported by iOS mobile browsers. Alternative mobile browsers that work with Flash are available in the app store.