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There's an app for that: Virginia, Civil War Trust launch 'battle app' for Fredericksburg's Civil War
Date published: 5/5/2011
But it's not all blood and guts. Users listen to and read about what happened to civilians during the battle, in which the Union army shelled the town. Northern troops looted many of Fredericksburg's homes after the vanguard crossed the river.
Many in-town spots are described in detail, including the Douglas Gordon House, Kenmore Inn, Farmer's Bank, the Irish Brigade marker, Fredericksburg Baptist Church, the Fredericksburg Courthouse, William Street's slave auction block, the Eliza Eubank House, Joseph Alsop House, Rocky Lane and The Sentry Box.
The role of women, including Clara Barton and several Fredericksburg diarists, is highlighted. Lizzie Alsop, who delighted in flirting with Confederate officers, reads from her journal and describes her feelings about the Union occupiers.
Nor is African-American history neglected. The area's enslaved people--most notably memoirist John Washington--get their due.
For today's visitors to Fredericksburg, there's information on parking and other tour logistics.
The battle app--available for $2.99 via Apple's iTunes store--complements the Civil War vodcasts and podcasts (also available via iTunes) on the Fredericksburg area's tourism website.ON THE NET: civilwar.org accuterra.neotreks.com visitfred.com
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From the Civil War Trust's Fredericksburg battle app:
1. Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside was appointed to the command of the Army of the Potomac prior to the Battle of Fredericksburg. Who did he replace?
2. What was the name of the Confederate army that Robert E. Lee commanded at Fredericksburg?
3. What river did the Union army need to cross to attack the Confederates at Fredericksburg?
4. Confederate Brig. Gen. William Barksdale's Brigade tenaciously defended the town of Fredericksburg on Dec. 11, 1862. From what state did most of his soldiers come from?
5. This Confederate action did much to annoy and slow the start of the main Union attack on Dec. 13, 1862
6. This hero of Gettysburg nearly broke Stonewall Jackson's line by leading his troops through a swampy, undefended portion of the line.
7. The Washington Artillery did much to thwart the Union attacks towards Marye's Heights. From what southern city did this famous unit herald from?
8. Brig. Gen. Thomas Meagher of the Irish Brigade issued this item to be worn in his soldiers' hats prior to their assault on Marye's Heights.
ANSWERS: 1. Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan. 2. The Army of Northern Virginia. 3. The Rappahannock River. 4. Mississippi. Barksdale's Brigade was comprised of the 13th, 17th, 18th and 21st Mississippi regiments. 5. Maj. John Pelham moved two horse artillery pieces secretly onto the left flank of the Union army and opened fire. This surprise attack unnerved the Union command and led to the redeployment of Doubleday's division as reinforcement for the flank--thereby removing it from the upcoming attack. 6. Maj. Gen. George Meade. Meade, who would later command the Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg, surprised the Confederates on Prospect Hill when his forces emerged from a swampy section of the battlefield that the Confederates felt was impenetrable. 7. New Orleans 8. Sprigs of boxwood. The greenery was intended to emphasize this unit's Irish heritage. Unfortunately for the Irish Brigade, almost 50 percent of their ranks would fall before Marye's Heights.