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Get yourself a battle app, fast: the QR code

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For those with iPhones or iPads or an iPod Touch who are curious about or interested in the video-rich, GPS-enabled battlefield touring apps now growing by the month, here’s a direct link to the Civil War Trust’s “battle apps.” Click here.

From that page, tapping or clicking on an individual app’s icon will immediately begin downloading that particular app, more quickly than via other methods, I’m told.

And for those who want to use their smartphones’ QR code scanners, here’s the QR code itself (top left, obviously).

On Monday, the trust announced its newest app, for the Battle of Chancellorsville, the engagement that cost the life of the South’s Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

Earlier apps for the battles of Gettysburg, Fredericksburg and Manassas/Bull Run are available via Apple’s App Store and iTunes. They’re free, and have been featured by Apple in its App Store, which is picky about which apps it spotlights.

The applications are made possible through generous support from the Virginia Department of Transportation.  VDOT is committed to underwrite 10 battle apps to encourage residents and visitors to explore Virginia’s Civil War historic sites, especially during the 150th anniversary of the nation’s costliest conflict.

More than 30,000 of the battle apps have been downloaded by people all around the globe. The apps, on average, have earned 4-star reviews from users.

Next in the production pipeline at the trust and its tech partner, Neotreks Inc., are an Android version of its popular Bull Run app, then battle apps for the Malvern Hill battlefield near Richmond, Cedar Creek in the Shenandoah Valley, andPetersburg, trust spokesman Mary Koik said. (NeoTreks, which has developed a really cool social-media-enabled app for hiking and backpacking in national parks, is an industry leader in mobile GPS-based touring. The company is based in Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2012 will bring an app for the Wilderness battlefield in Orange and Spotsylvania counties, where Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant first faced off against Confederate commander Robert E. Lee.