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Now, an iPhone ‘battle app’ for Chancellorsville

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Civil War Trust and Virginia unveil GPS-enabled smartphone tour of Spotsylvania County battlefield

There’s nothing like seeing hallowed ground in the company of a good historian.

But for those times when an in-person interpreter is unavailable, or time is short, a second-best alternative has just hit the Web: the latest “battle app” created by the Civil War Trust and its Colorado technology partner, Neotreks.

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton and trust President Jim Lighthizer announced the new “historian in your pocket” program at a press conference this morning at the Chancellorsville Visitor Center of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park.

It’s a great app, trust me. And, it’s FREE.

Fourth in the trust’s line of battle apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads, it features Fredericksburg historian and author Robert K. Krick, former chief historian of the national park, who is considered the leading authority on Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Chancellorsville is considered Lee’s greatest victory.

Neotreks is working furiously on an Android version of the apps, as well as a fully version for the iPad. The Android version is due early next year, possibly sooner.

Here are a few links to the trust’s battle app program, the park and Spotsylvania County:

More to come today; watch this space.