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New App Enhances Kentucky Civil War Battle Site Tour

A group of Ball State University students have completed a project that allows visitors to Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site to use their smartphones to tour the park and learn about the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky.

The free phone app explains the battle with actors’ voices while guiding visitors through the park. It also includes period music and photos of the park.

“This app will give a better understanding of what happened here during the battle,” park manager Kurt Holman said in an announcement. “It will tell the story of not just the generals, but will enhance the understanding of the experiences of the common soldiers.”

The undergraduate students worked closely with the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site and the Friends of Perryville through the Building Better Communities Immersive Learning Program at Ball State University.  The project began in January and wrapped up in May. The students conducted a demonstration in April at the park for the public to see some of the results.

Perryville is the scene of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state with 7,607 soldiers killed, wounded or missing. The park museum tells of the battle that was the South’s last serious attempt to gain possession of Kentucky. The battlefield is one of the most unaltered Civil War sites in the nation; vistas today remain virtually those soldiers saw on that fateful day in 1862.

The apps are available on both Android and Apple devices. For more information about Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, visit or

From the Kentucky Department of Parks