Cannon Fodder: Malvern Hill Battle App from Civil War Trust

Adding a fifth battle app to the library, today the Civil War Trust announced the debut of their new Malvern Hill app:

The Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization, today announced the newest entry in its popular Battle App series — a free, multimedia and GPS-enabled smartphone tours of the Malvern Hill Battlefield, a unit of Richmond National Battlefield Park, available for both iPhone and Android phones.  The project was underwritten with a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation and created in partnership with NeoTreks, Inc., an industry leader in mobile GPS-based touring.

“Our primary goal for these Battle Apps is to make history come alive in whole new ways for visitors to these hallowed grounds,” said Trust president James Lighthizer.  “By using the latest in 21st-century technology, we’re able to make exploring the past an immersive, interactive experience that appeals to a whole new generation.”

Like its predecessors, which explore the battles of Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, the new Malvern Hill 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. Featuring GPS navigation, primary source material and the commentary of respected historians, the Malvern Hill Battle App offers the convenience of a self-guided tour with the benefits of an expert-led presentation — and all at no cost.

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The Malvern Hill Battle App in Action
The Malvern Hill Battle App in Action (courtesy CWT)

Hey!  I know that cannon!

I downloaded the app this afternoon, and gave it a quick walkthrough.  After using the Manassas and Gettysburg apps on those repsective battlefields, I’m looking forward to revisiting Malvern Hill with this one.

The press release provides a teaser, indicating both Cedar Creek and Petersburg apps are scheduled soon.  But there’s a lot of grumbling from the Western Theater calling for Shiloh and Chickamauga….

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