150 years after the start of the American Civil War, HISTORY presents The Civil War Today, an award-winning app created exclusively for the iPad. For less than one penny per day you can experience the war as it unfolded, one day at a time, with daily updates that let you live the events in “real-time” over the course of four years. ***Member of the iTunes App Store Essentials Hall of Fame*** ***iTunes App of the Week selection*** The Civil War Today leverages the iPad multi-touch interface to enable app users to feel and explore thousands of original documents, photos, maps, diary entries, quotes, and newspaper broadsheets like never before. The Civil War Today includes: • Daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015. The app content updates ONE DAY AT A TIME, precisely mirroring the events of 150 years ago • “In the Headlines” featuring newspapers from every day of the war. • Running tallies of the North and South casualty counts. • “A Day in the Life” with personal letters and diary entries from 15 individuals including Abraham Lincoln, Horatio Nelson Taft, and Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut. • Photo of the day and photo galleries. • Quote of the day. • Articles and video on featured topics. • Authentic period maps from key battlegrounds. • Daily North-South quiz. • Detailed background scenes that put you in the time and place of the Civil War. (Northern city, Southern plantation, Western frontier town, military camp). • Twitter integration to send a telegram via morse code. • Airplay integration for viewing of app video via Apple TV. • Advanced multi-finger gesture functionality and custom toolbar for deep navigation. Witness the Civil War play out 150 years later, one day at a time, in this first-of-its-kind app.
Coming from a network that has made its recent fortunes on the backs of reality television, I wasn't exactly expecting much depth from The Civil War Today. While there are some areas that need polish, the content this app provides is breathtaking in scope. For every day of the civil war (nearly 1500 days) this app provides you with an article describing the events of that particular day from the perspective of citizens of the times. You also get letters and diary entries recorded for each day. Every other day or so brings a secondary article that gives additional context. There are also plenty of photos and relevant maps for each day, although these are often very slow to load. The net result is an app that does a great job giving you a feel of how the Civil War unfolded from the perspective of those that lived through it.
For a few months, there seemed to be a problem with some of the game aspects of this app, but I didn't get it for the games. I think they have worked those issues out, anyway. This is a great way to start the day. It is now a part of my morning routine. I check the daily updates on the events of 150 years ago, and read the diary entries. These two features are great for keeping the pace of the war in context. Recently, the battles in Kentucky were covered. The pace and coordination (or lack thereof) of the marches of Bragg, Morgan, and E. K. Smith are much easier to "feel" when the events come at you one day at a time. Later in the day, or over the weekend (or when shut in by a hurricane!), I catch up on the featured reading. I particularly enjoy Longstreet's memoirs, but all of the reading is well-chosen. Living in Northern Virginia, there are a number of ceremonies and living history days marking the 150th anniversary of battles and events. This app reminds me of the events, so I can then look for any of the commemorative events that might be happening. If I choose to go, being up-to-date on the events that led up to the event being commemorated is helpful. Then, engaging with the living history participants is much more enriching. As a confirmed Confederate, I'm still hoping that this time things will work out differently! Seriously, this is a fine app; one of the very, very few that I'm still using months after I bought it.
I had previously purchased this app and tried to re-download it to my iPad today but I was unable to. It seems to be stuck on the screen of my iPad with the word “loading“ underneath it and never makes any actual progress. I am not purchasing this for the first time, but I can only imagine how upset someone would be if they were purchasing this for the first time only to find out that it doesn’t even load. I see the latest update to this was three years ago, but hopefully we can get an update that fixes this bug, because this app was an amazing and fun resource when it functioned.
I purchased this app today and it will not load. When it opens I receive a message that I am not connected to the internet. I am connected so I don’t know what is wrong. How do I resolve this or did I just waste my money?
This app no longer loads. All I receive is a spinning gear and the text “loading.” My WiFi signal is strong and I have no problems with other apps. HELP!
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Last update was at Jun 24, 2021and the current version is 2.0.2.
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