Help on viewing these Historical Maps of the Civil War

If the map is not visible: If the SVG map is not visible you probably do not have the SVG viewer installed. A viewer can be downloaded for free from at

If the map is not visible in Firefox: If the SVG map is not visible in the Firefox web browser you will need to do the following:

Copy NPSVG6.dll and to your browser's plugins folder.
These files are normally located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SVG Viewer 3.0\Plugins\
They would normally be copied to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\Plugins\

Mozilla is working on an imbedded SVG viewer but it is not quite ready as of October 2005. For more information go to

Popup Information: You can click on any state or army name and additional information will appear in a popup window.

Layers: Clicking the checkboxes will turn the layers on or off. The sequence of layers cannot be changed and the basic layers are always on.


Panning: Hold the alt key and click-and-drag with the mouse to pan an SVG image.

Zooming: Hold the control key and click to zoom in at the mouse pointer location. Hold the control key and click-and-drag to select a region to zoom into. Hold the shift key, too, to zoom out. You can also use the zoom commands in the context menu. Using the contextual pop-up menu

Context Menu: Right-click in the SVG image area to open the contextual pop-up menu. This will reveal the commands and options for interacting with the SVG image.

Links: If you bring up the context menu over a link, you can choose Open or Open in New Window to activate the link.

Quality: You can disable the Higher Quality option to cause the SVG image to display more quickly, but with lower quality.

Searching: Click Find to open the find dialog box. Here you may enter the text you want to search for, make choices about matching whole words only, case, and the direction of the search. The find command works with transparent, obscured, or moving text. The entire document is searched, regardless of how much of the SVG is currently visible. The result of the search is highlighted, and panned (but not zoomed) into view.

Copying: The Copy SVG and Save SVG as commands let you copy the SVG image to the clipboard and save the image to a local file. The copy command places the SVG as it currently appears onto the clipboard in both Unicode and raster formats. Note that this differs from the Save SVG as command, which makes a copy of the original SVG file. When text is selected, the copy command changes to Copy Selected Text.

Platform:This product was developed on an Intel Pentium IV PC running Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6.0, and Adobe SVG Viewer 3.0. The SVG viewer may not work on older systems.