For Immediate Release: 07/05/11

Media Advisory: State and Local Officials, Tourism Leaders, to Launch Civil War Trust Smartphone Tour of Manassas Battlefield

(Manassas, Va.) – On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, officials from the Civil War Trust, the Commonwealth of Virginia, Prince William County and Discover Prince William & Manassas will gather to debut an exciting smartphone-based tour of the Manassas battlefield.  Using GPS technology and Apple’s iPhone platform, the “Bull Run Battle App” will help tourists locate and learn about historic sites using audio, video and animated content.

Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s first great battle, this latest offering in the Trust’s Battle App series provides a wealth of unique resources — including audio and video content, wartime images, detailed maps and an interactive quiz.

The “Bull Run Battle App” was developed by the Civil War Trust and its technology partner NeoTreks, with the support of the Virginia Department of Transportation.  The news conference unveiling this exciting new method of exploring the First Manassas battlefield will be held at the Manassas National Battlefield Visitor Center at 10 a.m. on Tuesday July 12, 2011.  The product will be demonstrated at the event. 

WHO:  Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, Prince William Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart and John Stirrup, Discover Prince William and Manassas Executive Director Ann Marie Mahr, and Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer

WHAT: News conference launching “Bull Run Battle App” smartphone tour of First Manassas Battlefield

WHEN: July 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET

WHERE: Manassas National Battlefield Visitor Center, 6511 Sudley Road, Manassas, Va.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states, including nearly 16,000 acres in Virginia.  Please visit the Trust’s website at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.


  • Jim Campi, (202) 367-1861, ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik,  (202) 367-1861, ext. 7205

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