The sprawling Cedar Creek Battlefield in Middletown, Va. now has its very own app, thanks to the Civil War Trust . This is the sixth free battlefield app for the Trust and maybe the most necessary one because the Battle of Cedar Creek , on Oct, 19, 1864, played out over eight square miles and across modern day I-81. There were also two distinct parts of the battle: a Confederate victory in the morning and a Union victory in the afternoon.
The app takes on all these challenges with multiple features including video segments from well-versed historians, period and modern pictures and a detailed topographical map. A GPS navigation guide resolves the multiple sites problem and makes finding them easy by numbering each place, some several miles apart.
The app is available for iPhone and Android users.
Included on the tour are two parcels the Trust expects to purchase very soon, which will then be passed on to the National Park Service. When that happens, the park service will begin to construct parking areas and pathways. One is the 8th Vermont Regiment monument .and the other is the place where Major General Philip H. Sheridan was able to rally his retreating soldiers and then begin a counterattack to successfully reclaim the lost land.
Other sites are owned by one of five partner organizations that make up the country’s first public-private national park, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. The partners — the Trust, the park service, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation , the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation — cooperated on the project so all the land preserved by the individual partners is included in the app, creating a unified interpretation of the area.
The Trust expects to continue creating apps; the next two planned are for Petersburg and Second Manassas.