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Battle AppĀ® Guides

Civil War Trust Battle App Guides

Our Civil War Trust Battle App® guides will help you unlock American history — from the battlefield or from home. All of our GPS-enabled guides can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play to use on your iPhone, iPad, iPad touch or Android device.

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Download a free Battle App®

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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

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The Civil War Trust has partnered with leading historians to produce a wealth of historical content for each Battle App®.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.

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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 iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  • 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 App® guides during a recent visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. Our Battle App® guides 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 App guides are free. Enjoy!

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

The Trust’s Battle App guides are currently designed to work on iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch and most Android-powered smartphones. Our Battle App guides 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 iPad 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® guides work on my iPod touch?

Mostly. All of the content contained within our Battle App guides, including the battlefield map, is accessible from your iPod touch; however the iPod touch, as compared to iPhone, utilizes 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 cotent prior to visiting the battlefield. Since the iPod touch cannot access the cell networks it may not be able to access audio and video elements in a streaming capacity.

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

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

All of our Battle App guides for the iPhone can be used on iPad. 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 your iPad may not have access to the GPS location services when using WiFi alone. However, an iPad equipped with 3G/4G/LTE coverage will have access to location services.

Our Android-powered Battle App guides 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 App guides do not work on Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

Do I need a cellphone connection to use this application?

Our Battle App guides 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 App guides 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 App® guides cover the entire battlefield?

Our Gettysburg July 2 Battle App® just covers this critical section of the Gettysburg Battlefield. With all of our other Battle App® guides, 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 guides take you on a virtual tour of Civil War battlefields.

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

One of the great features of our Civil War Battle App guides 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 users:  (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 guide in question  (access via the Location Services menu in Settings). (3) From the GPS-enabled map within the Battle App guide 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 your iPad may have difficulty producing a GPS location when using only WiFi.

Android-Powered smartphone users: (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 guides 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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