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Gettysburg Battle App

CWPT recently released its first GPS-enabled Civil War battlefield touring app for the iPhone. This cutting-edge smartphone application, focusing on the Devil's Den and Little Round Top regions of the Gettysburg Battlefield, allows you to know exactly where you are standing on the battlefield, access historian videos, orders of battle, and a wealth of historical information and photos.

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From Our President

Jim Lighthizer Photo

November 2010
Dear Civil War Preservationist,

Repeating rifles, attack submarines, the telegraph, aerial reconnaissance, ironclad warships, and landmines... like the Civil War soldiers and sailors who sought to use the latest in military weaponry, we too at the Civil War Preservation Trust are always interested in leveraging the latest technology to further our mission. If you own an iPhone, I do hope that you'll download our new Gettysburg Battle App. This exciting new product, available for just 99 cents, is the first of many apps that we hope will further increase awareness and interest in our Civil War battlefields.

I also hope that you will take a closer look at our new effort to save 49 acres at the Wilderness Battlefield. If we are successful in saving this key part of the battlefield, I would count this among my "Top 10" biggest personal achievements during my tenure. This piece of hallowed ground is simply that important.

- Jim Lighthizer, CWPT President

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Save the Wilderness

Save The Wilderness

CWPT is proud to announce a new campaign to save 49 acres at the center of the Wilderness Battlefield. Historian Gordon Rhea says that this new tract at the famed Saunders Field is a property that "witnessed some of the Wilderness' most brutal combat."

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CWPT Receives Interior Department Award

DOI Award

CWPT was among the recipients of the 2010 Secretary of Interior's Partners in Conservation Awards. Learn more about this award and read our news release.

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New Book: Lincoln in 3-D

Lincoln in 3-D

The Civil War Preservation Trust recently had the chance to sit down with Civil War photography experts Bob Zeller and John Richter, authors of the new book, Lincoln in 3-D.

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Interview with Hal Jespersen

Hal Jespersen

We recently met with Hal Jespersen, a CWPT Color Bearer and a driving force behind the development of American Civil War content on Wikipedia.

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Photos from the 2010 Advance Guard

2010 Advance Guard

See our photos from our 2010 Advance Guard event in Richmond, Virginia. See photos from the battlefield tours at Cold Harbor, Totopotomoy Creek, Glendale, and First Deep Bottom.

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Battle of the Wilderness: Then & Now

Wilderness: Then and Now

CWPT recently had a chance to walk the Wilderness Battlefield near Saunders Field with Civil War historian Don Pfanz. During our conversation, Don helped to detail much of the rich military history of the Battle of the Wilderness and the state of the battlefield today.

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Where was the Upper Pontoon Crossing at Fredericksburg?

Pontoon Crossing

The Mysteries & Conundrums blog has a great new post on how Alfred Waud's famous illustration of the upper pontoon crossing of the Rappahannock helps to locate its exact position.

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National Archives Exhibit: Discovering the Civil War

NARA civil War

The National Archives in Washington DC has created a new exhibit focusing on the events and documents of the American Civil War. Check out the online exhibit here.

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November Civil War Battles

November battles

Expand your knowledge of the Civil War by learning more about some of the great Civil War battles that occurred in the month of November. Access our history articles, photos, maps, resources, and links for the battles listed below:

Mine Run
Spring Hill


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