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BY JOE HOLLEMAN • jholleman@post-dispatch.com

Anyone who has toured the historic Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg understands how useful an audio guide can be.

Now, St. Louisans can download a free phone app that provides information about local events and locations tied to the conflict, said Angie Dietz, a spokesperson for the Missouri History Museum.

Based on the book "The Civil War in St. Louis" by William C. Winter, the app allows the user to:

• Pinpoint location of important Civil War related sites in the St. Louis area.

• Use a GPS-enabled map to find historic places, and also follow recommended tour routes based on the user’s location.

• Explore a "pinch-and-zoom" photo gallery.

• Listen to a narrator explain historic locations connected to the Civil War and relate background stories about those events.

The app currently is compatible with Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. To obtain the app — which is free — folks can visit the iTunes store or visit the Google Play store on Android and search for "Missouri History Museum."

Joe Holleman's "Life Sherpa" column appears every Sunday in Everyday. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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