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VIDEO: Petersburg ‘battle app’ in production; South Side Depot featured

Petersburg’s South Side Depot, a vital link in the Confederate capital’s supply chain. (VIRGINIA TOURISM CORP.)

Overnight, the folks at the Civil War Trust have kindly provided this link to a video that historian A. Wilson Greene shot in front of Petersburg’s South Side Depot, subject of my previous post.

Green’s spot, and others, will be part of the trust’s forthcoming “battle app” for the Petersburg area. Look for the app–one in a popular iPhone and Android series that includes Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Manassas, Malvern Hill and other battlefields–sometime this autumn.

Once upon a time, Greene was a historian at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He went on to help found the American Society for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, which was based in Fredericksburg, and is a parent of today’s Civil War Trust.

Most recently, for many years, Greene has been executive director of Pamplin Historical Park and the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier near Petersburg.

He is author of Civil War Petersburg: Confederate City in the Crucible of War and The Final Battles of Petersburg: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion. Both are superb, I can tell you from personal reading.

On a related note, I should mention that the Progress-Index, Petersburg’s newspaper of record, has this fine collection of photos recording Tuesday’s announcement by state and local officials and the trust at the South Side Depot.