The Brandy Station Battle App includes the features we’ve grown to enjoy with the earlier selections in the series. But, as we’ve seen with the other apps, there is a need to tailor the content presentation to meet the requirements of the field. For instance, Brandy Station has a larger map than many of the earlier Battle Apps:
We’ve seen larger maps – say for the Overland, Petersburg, Appomattox, or Atlanta Campaigns. But those are “campaign” maps. As single “battles” go, this is a large map. That’s because the movements at Brandy Station cover far more ground than most “larger,” in terms of numbers engaged, battles of the Civil War. That is actually an interpretive point I impress upon visitors when leading tours of Brandy Station. The opening action of the Gettysburg Campaign was fought over a larger area than the three day battle in July 1863.
In addition to the fifteen stop tour, the app includes a number of nearby Points of Interest. These speak to the intensity of activity in Culpeper County during the Civil War. If the armies were not fighting over Brandy Station and Fleetwood Hill, then they were camping on it: