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‘Chattanooga 360’ Virtual Battlefield Tour Brings History Home

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CIVIL WAR TRUST ANNOUNCES NEW DIGITAL OFFERING

In time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War fighting in Tennessee, ‘Chattanooga 360’ provides history buffs with breathtaking views of historic sites forever associated with the 1863 battles for Chattanooga.

WASHINGTON–The Civil War Trust today announced the release of ‘Chattanooga 360,’ a virtual battlefield tour that provides panoramic views of the Chattanooga battlefield and nearby historic sites. Released in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battles for Chattanooga, ‘Chattanooga 360’ brings history to your home. The new digital offering is available on the Civil War Trust website, www.civilwar.org.

“By marrying 19th century history with 21st century technology, we are able to bring the events of the past alive like never before,” said Trust president James Lighthizer. “Using visuals, maps, audio and other media, these projects create an immersive and interactive experience that appeals to a whole new generation — and helps even veteran historians experience the Civil War in dynamic new ways.”

‘Chattanooga 360’ features breathtaking and instructive panoramas of six sites forever associated with the pivotal campaign for Chattanooga, including Lookout Mountain, Wauhatchie, Moccasin Bend, downtown Chattanooga, Orchard Knob and the National Cemetery. The images enable visitors to experience the battlefield from the perspective of Civil War soldiers.

Although ‘Chattanooga 360’ focuses on the Nov. 22-25, 1863, Battles for Chattanooga, other historical events connected to Chattanooga are also noted, including the Trail of Tears, the Great Locomotive Chase and local Medal of Honor recipients since the Civil War. The release of the ‘Chattanooga 360’ coincides with the roll out of previous Civil War Trust 360s in a new user-friendly iOS format, which will make the virtual tour accessible on the Mac, iPhone and iPad platforms.

‘Chattanooga 360’ was produced in cooperation with technology partner Regal 360. Images were obtained from the Library of Congress, the National Archives and the Army Heritage and Education Center. Special thanks to historians Jim Ogden and Dave Powell for donating their time and expertise to create this exciting online experience.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 36,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.

Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial. To experience ‘Chattanooga 360,’ please visit: http://www.civilwar.org/chattanooga360

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