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Media Advisory: Civil War Trust Annual Conference Opens with Official Release of Vicksburg Battle App, Recognition of Partners

(Jackson, Miss.) - Hundreds of Civil War buffs and preservationists from around the country are about to converge on the Mississippi capital as part of the Civil War Trust's annual conference.  The four-day event will be held at the Hilton Jackson Hotel from May 29 through June 2, 2013.

This annual event gives Trust members an opportunity to celebrate the organization's successes while learning about the battles of the Vicksburg Campaign, which occurred 150 years ago this month. The conference is made possible in part by a generous contribution from History™.  Participants will experience lectures, tours and presentations by top historians.  During two full days of battlefield excursions, some tours will feature lengthy hikes of individual engagements, with others provide more general overviews of the campaign.

The conference begins with an opening luncheon at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30. During the luncheon, the Trust will officially launch its Vicksburg Battle App™, the latest installment in the organization's growing series of GPS-enabled multimedia tours for smartphones and other handheld devices. This exciting project would not have been possible without the support of the Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, which will further be recognized for its outstanding efforts with one of the Trust's annual preservation awards.

WHAT:    Civil War Trust Annual Conference opening luncheon, award ceremony and Vicksburg Battle App launch

WHO:     Civil War Trust, Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign, Vicksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

WHEN:    May 30, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. CT

WHERE:    Hilton Jackson Hotel, 1001 East County Line Road, Jackson, Mississippi, 39211

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States.  Its goal is to preserve our nation's endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism.  To date, the Trust has preserved more than 35,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states.  Learn more at, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.