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Civil War Trust Battle Apps

Our GPS-enabled Civil War Trust Battle App® guides will help you unlock all the rich history that our Civil War battlefields have to offer. All of our Battle App guides can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Each of our Civil War Battle App® guides includes detailed, GPS-enabled battle maps that will show you your location on the battlefield. Many of our Battle App guides also include various time-phased maps that will allow you to see where Union and Confederate units were located on the battlefield at various key moments. Walk where the Hampton Legion or Iron Brigade stood – the units and your location are right on the map.

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Your Virtual Battlefield Guide

The Civil War Trust has partnered with leading historians to produce a wealth of historical content for each Battle App®. Click on any of our “Virtual Signs” and you will be able to access accounts and videos from true battlefield experts. You can also click on our audio links to hear the voices of those who fought at the very places where you are standing.

Access videos from leading battlefield historians.

Battle Resources at Your Fingertips

Ever wander out onto a battlefield and wish you had your Civil War library with you? Each Civil War Trust Battle App® guide comes with a wealth of onboard information: orders of battle, battle facts, historical photos, troop positions, chronologies, and more.

  • Native apps for iOS and Android
  • Augmented Reality Field Glasses®
  • GPS-enabled battle maps
  • In-depth battlefield tours
  • Battlefield Challenges
  • Orders of battle, chronologies, facts page, and more

Field Glasses® – Our Battlefield Augmented Reality Viewer

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Many of our Civil War Battle App® guides come equipped with our Field Glasses® augmented reality viewer. Activate the viewer and hold the phone to the horizon. You will now be able to find key battlefield landmarks superimposed on the modern landscape. Click on various points of interest and access key facts about the location.

Battle App® Field Trips

Battle App Field Trips

Find out how West Springfield High School used our Battle Apps during a recent visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. Our Battle Apps are great resources in the classroom as well as on the battlefields.

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How Much Does Each Battle App® Cost?

All of our Civil War Battle Apps are free. Enjoy!

Can I use this application on my Blackberry or Windows-powered phone?

The Trust’s Battle Apps are currently designed to work on Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod touch) and most Android-powered smartphones. Our Battle Apps currently do not work on smartphones powered by RIM Blackberry or Windows.

Are there any minimum hardware or operating system requirements I should be aware of?

Yes. For Apple iPhone and iPads we recommend iOS version 6 or higher. For Android-powered smartphones you should be running Android OS version 4.4 KitKat.

Will Your Battle App work on my iPod touch?

Mostly. All of the content contained within our Battle Apps, including the battlefield map, is accessible from your iPod Touch. iPod Touches, as compared to iPhones, utilize a more basic form of GPS positioning and therefore the GPS location capabilities may not work on every battlefield.

We would strongly suggest to iPod Touch users that they utilize the "Media Download Option" to download all the audio and video content to their iPod prior to visiting the battlefield. Since iPod Touches cannot access the cell networks they may not be able to access audio and video elements in a streaming capacity.

Do your Battle Apps work on tablet-sized devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire, or Samsung Galaxy?

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Our Bull Run HD Battle App® is specifically designed to work on Apple’s iPad and iPad Mini tablets. We are working on other iPad Battle App® guides and hope to have those in the near future.

All of our Battle App guides for the iPhone can be used on iPads. Once installed you can either view the app in its iPhone dimensions or expand the display using the "2x" button in the bottom left of the screen. It's important to note that WiFi-only iPads may not have access to the GPS location services that 3G/4G equipped iPads will have.

Our Android-powered Battle Apps are designed to work on phone-sized Android smartphones and may not fully function on larger Android-powered tablets. At this time we know that our Battle Apps do not work on Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Do I need a cellphone connection to use this application?

Our Battle Apps are equipped with a "Media Download Option" which will allow you to download all the audio and video to your device. If you download all the audio and video you will not need a cellphone signal. If you choose not to download the audio and video you will then need a cellphone or Wi-Fi signal to view or listen to that content. All of the text based descriptions and photos are already downloaded as part of the core app.

Our Battle Apps are designed to work in environments that may not have strong cellphone signals. When possible we also suggest that you download all the video and audio media using our "Media Download Option."

Do your Battle Apps cover the entire battlefield?

Our Gettysburg: Devil’s Den & Little Round Top Battle App just covers this critical section of the Gettysburg Battlefield. With all of our other Battle Apps, the entire battlefield is covered by our virtual tours. Our Petersburg Battle App covers a large expanse of ground that comprises most of the major battles of this 1864/1865 campaign.

Will this application work outside of the battlefield?

Very much so. The GPS-location function is the only service that is battlefield dependent. Let our Battle App take you on a virtual tour of the battlefield.

What can I do to ensure that I see my GPS location within the Battle App?

One of the great features of our Civil War Battle Apps is the incorporation of your GPS location on our GPS-enabled battle maps. If you have a GPS-enabled iPhone, iPad, or Android-powered smartphone please consider these steps if you are at the battlefield and not seeing your GPS location on our GPS-enabled map.

iPhone & iPad Units:  (1) Ensure that your "Location Services" are turned on (access within Settings menu).  (2) Ensure that "Location Services" are turned on for the specific Civil War Battle App in question  (access via the Location Services menu in Settings). (3) From the GPS-enabled map within the Battle App click on the "GPS" button in the bottom left of the screen. This "GPS" button will activate and refresh the GPS.  (4)  If none of the above steps have fixed the problem you might consider a hard-restart of your iPhone or iPad (click and hold simultaneously the home and on/off buttons for 3 seconds). Remember that WiFi-only iPads may have difficulty producing a GPS location.

Android-Powered smartphones: (1) Ensure that your "Location Services" are turned on (access from Location menu inside of your Settings menu). (2) From the GPS-enabled map within the Civil War Battle App click on the "Locate" button at the top center of the screen. The "Locate" button should activate and refresh your GPS location on the map. (3) Ensure that you are outside and not within a building or automobile. (4) If none of the above steps work please try hard-restarting your Android-powered smartphone.

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Tell us how we can help you get the most from our new Battle App® guides. We are always interested in hearing from you -- send us your feedback and suggestions at battleapp@civilwar.org

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