Introducing “Pocket Gettysburg” for your Smartphone!
As the Gettysburg National Military Park commemorates the 149th anniversary of the great battle, we are happy to provide a public preview of a very exciting research tool and study guide that will be available soon. Whether you are walking the fields in Gettysburg or researching the battle from the comfort of your home, you can now have an electronic encyclopedia of Gettysburg in the palm of your hand!
Pocket Gettysburg is a smartphone application that contains detailed information about the monuments, military units, and people that are associated with the Battle of Gettysburg.
At its core, Pocket Gettysburg includes the locations, photos, and inscriptions of the more than 1200 battlefield monuments, historical markers, wayside signs, and plaques in the Gettysburg National Military Park and greater Adams County, Pennsylvania.
But Pocket Gettysburg is so much more than a database of monuments!
First, there’s the GPS-enabled map*.
But one can’t learn about the Battle of Gettysburg merely by looking at monuments. Any study of the battle requires an understanding of the military units and people whose actions are immortalized by those stones.
So Pocket Gettysburg includes a database of all 864 military units (regiment, brigade, division, corps, and army) that participated in the battle from both sides. Each monument is linked to its associated military unit(s).
Information about each military unit includes its full name, nickname(s), regimental history, and details about its participation at Gettysburg, including commanders, total strength, and losses (killed, wounded, missing/captured), among other details.
The searchable list of military units shows the succession of command of each unit as its commanders were killed, wounded, or captured over the course of the three-day battle. For Union brigades and higher, the list also shows battle flags and corps insignia. And, of course, there is a navigable Order of Battle for both armies.
But that’s just the beginning!
The real story of the Battle of Gettysburg isn’t about monuments or military units as much as it is about people.
So Pocket Gettysburg also includes an integrated searchable database of more than 42,000 people (and growing!) who are connected to the Battle of Gettysburg, including:
- Commanders of every military unit (regimental and above) in the two armies;
- Soldiers of any rank who are mentioned on any Gettysburg monument (including the Pennsylvania State Memorial);
- Recipients of the Medal of Honor or Confederate Medal of Honor for actions at Gettysburg;
- More than 6000 people who are buried in the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg;
- …and 200 or so private citizens, politicians, famous residents, spouses, and others who are mentioned on a monument, witnessed the battle, or played a role in its aftermath.
For thousands of those individuals (including nearly all brigade commanders and above), the database includes birth, death, burial information and/or a photograph of the person.
For most soldiers, the Person View identifies the State and/or unit(s) in which the person served and, when appropriate, a linked list of units which he commanded at Gettysburg. Many also include nicknames, spelling variations, other pertinent comments, and the full text of citations, tombstone inscriptions, or other data.
Finally, in the case of surviving commanders, a citation is included to that officer’s “Official Report” (if any) after the Battle of Gettysburg. Over time, the full text of those Official Reports will be included, as demonstrated by a few included examples.
As we’re sure you’ll agree from this brief preview, Pocket Gettysburg is truly a massive collection of information about the monuments, military units, and people associated with the Battle of Gettysburg. It will be the ultimate electronic research companion and an indispensable tool for those who study the Battle of Gettysburg.
Pocket Gettysburg will be available for the iPhone and iPad within a few weeks with for the Android thereafter.
Watch this space for further announcements!
Pocket Gettysburg is brought to you by SegTours, LLC – the same folks who provide tours of the Gettysburg Battlefield on Segway Personal Transporters(tm). “Experience History and Enjoy the Ride!”
Please visit www.SegTours.com for more information.
*GPS features require a GPS-enabled device.
[Some images were updated on 10 Sep 2012.]