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Civil War Trust hopes to preserve 20,000 battlefield acres and fund education work.

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Date published: 7/3/2011


Here and nationally, in many places where some battlefield land has been saved, she said, holes remain that--left to an uncertain fate--could fragment those landscapes and render them undesirable to visitors and tourists.

"What we want are the sites that historians agree will be necessary, in another century, to tell the story in its entirety--not just the Eastern theater or Virginia," Koik said. "We want to really cover all the bases."

Already, the campaign is 20 percent of the way there, with $8 million in pledges from members and several of the trust's board members, Koik said.

Campaign 150 will also emphasize educational programs to benefit students of all ages, inside classrooms and on battlefields, the trust said. Among the new offerings, regional workshops for educators will be held in cities across the nation, beginning this fall in Boston.

Of the drive's $40 million target, $5 million will be budgeted for education and technology programs.

The trust began in Fredericksburg as the Association for the Preservation for Civil War Sites, created in 1987.

One of the association's founders, Fredericksburg author and historian Robert K. Krick, hailed the trust's unprecedented fund drive.

"The time is drawing nigh when even folks indifferent to historic sites will have cause to relish the open countryside of preserved battlefields, as asphalt and nail salons inundate the entire mid-Atlantic littoral," Krick said.

"The CWT's newly announced goal seems almost beyond reason, but everything they have achieved heretofore has been in the same category. They probably will meet it, and generations to come will bless them for it."

Clint Schemmer: 540/368-5029
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In honor of the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War Trust has a gift for smartphone owners. Its Gettysburg "battle app," a GPS-enabled mobile battlefield tour, is free for downloading today. The app, usually $2.99, is available from Apple's iTunes Store. Optimized for use on iPhones and iPod Touches, it works on the iPad.

Covering the action at Devil's Den and Little Round Top, the app delivers audio, video and other interactive features to immerse users--on- or off-site--in the experience of battle.

"Our goal is to encourage visitors to engage with history in a new way," said Garry Adelman, the trust's director of history and education. With this app, you can visit the battlefield with a wealth of information at your fingertips."

Another app is available for the Battle of Fredericksburg, and the trust will release its Battle of Bull Run/First Manassas app in mid-July for the 150th anniversary of that engagement. Details can be found at civilwar.org/battleapp.

Twenty-first-century technology will be an ally in protecting 19th-century history, the Civil War Trust hopes. For the first time, people can now contribute directly to its work by text message, any time, anywhere. Texting "civilwar" to 50555 will make a one-time $10 charge appear on their wireless bill or be deducted from their prepaid balance.