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Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 08/23/12

Media Advisory: Civil War Trust Marks Second Manassas Anniversary with Public Demonstrations of New Smartphone Battle App

(Manassas, Va.) – On Tuesday, August 28, 2012, Civil War Trust staff will mark the 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas by offering public demonstrations of the newest title in its growing series of Battle Apps — free, multimedia and GPS-enabled smartphone tours underwritten with grant funding from the Virginia Department of Transportation and created in partnership with NeoTreks, Inc., an industry leader in mobile GPS-based touring.

Like its predecessors, which explore the battles of Bull Run, Cedar Creek, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg and Malvern Hill, the new Second Manassas Battle App includes video segments from top historians, period and modern imagery, and detailed topographical maps, all of which help bring the battlefield to life — plus a wealth of resource materials to provide valuable background information. Battle Apps offer the convenience of a self-guided tour with the benefits of an expert-led presentation — and all at no cost.  To date, more than 60,000 people have downloaded the Trust’s Battle Apps, offerings that have earned top reviews from users.

With three distinct tours covering Brawner’s Farm, the Unfinished Railroad position, and Longstreet’s attack on August 30, 1862, the Trust’s Second Manassas Battle App is among the richest and deepest battlefield touring products available today.  At each stop, “virtual signs” contain a rich description of the historical significance of the site utilizing video, audio, photo and textual content.  “Pinch-zoom” technology and customizable, dual-layer troop displays demonstrate how the attacks and counterattacks unfolded across the landscape. 

For more information about the content, use and availability of GPS-enable Civil War Trust Battle Apps, please visit www.civilwar.org/battleapps.

WHAT:    Public demonstrations of Second Manassas Battle App, debuting for iPhone and Android devices to coincide with the 150th anniversary

WHEN:    August 28, 2012 from 11:00 a.m.–2 p.m. ET

WHERE:    Manassas National Battlefield Park 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 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Please visit the Trust’s website at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

Contacts

  • Mary Koik, (202) 367-1861, ext. 7231

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