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Fredericksburg historian is 'heart and soul' of brand-new iPhone/iPad app for Battle of Chancellorsville

 Civil War Trust web guru Rob Shenk (left) and historian Robert K. Krick try out the new Chancellorsville battle app outside Chancellorsville Visitor Center in Spotsylvania.
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Date published: 11/22/2011

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"To have had tools like this would have been incredible, he said. "In some ways, we're hoping these become the modern equivalent of that--something that hooks someone, that gets them started, that gets them to Chancellorsville. We hope they'll visit here, stay in the hotels, eat here and have Bob Krick guide them on a battlefield tour."

Krick, too, said books sparked his lifelong fascination with the Civil War.

"I grew up in California, far, far, far from the Blue Ridge--pretty close to the Sierra Nevada, actually. By the time I was about 12 or so, I had decided Chancellorsville was the most interesting thing that ever happened," he said.

"I got that from Douglas Southall Freeman particularly, and then the American Heritage picture history of the Civil War. Had I had the opportunity to see something like this, it would have been unbelievably stimulating. So, I guess that's how it will go for the next generation.

"Those kids growing up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada will be able to see the Rob Shenk photographs, all of the digital maps and GPS and so forth. It's going to be just wonderful, I think."

civilwar.org/battleapps neotreks.com nps.gov/frsp

Clint Schemmer: 540/368-5029
Email: cschemmer@freelancestar.com


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