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Songs from the Camps, a Civil War Picnic Concert
By: Amanda Johnston


Celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend and the 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg with a FREE Patriotic Event at

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

 Songs from the Camps, a Civil War Picnic Concert

Sunday, July 7, 5 pm

Emmitsburg, MD — The distinctive down-home sounds of banjos, fiddles, tambourines and mandolins, which entertained soldiers on the battlefield camps, will fill the air on Sunday, July 7 at 5 p.m. at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as two Civil War era bands perform a FREE picnic concert on our grounds.

The concert will feature the Hancock String Band and the Susquehanna Travelers Band, both acclaimed for playing authentic Civil War era music.

According to their Web site, the Susquehanna Travelers Band focuses on the music of the Civil War era and Irish music. The musicians are Civil War reenactors and members of the 87th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The band got its start playing traditional tunes around the campfire at the Civil War reenactments and decided to officially form the Susquehanna Travelers.

The Hancock Civil War String Band performs 11 different instruments along with melodic four part vocal harmonies, which bring to life the poetic lyrics of the most musical war ever. The band often performs “Listen to the Mockingbird, a song sung by 81,000 Union and Confederate soldiers the night before the battle of Stones River in Tennessee, and the song “Lorena,” which Confederate generals banned since it was causing the men to be homesick. The music of the Hancock Civil War String Band will take you back in time and give you a new unique perspective of the tumultuous time in history.

Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic food to enjoy. Or purchase dinner from food vendors that will be on the grounds.

“Civil War history is rich at the Shrine,” said Rob Judge, executive director of Seton Heritage Ministries. “The war came to Emmitsburg in late June 1863, with the armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia succeeding each other in St. Joseph’s Valley.”

Approximately forty years after Mother Seton’s death in 1821, her home was the site of the Union encampment in 1863. Union officers conducted a war council in St. Joseph’s House, now known as Mother Seton’s White House, to prepare for the battle of Gettysburg.

The event, which is part of the 150th Commemoration events the Shrine has held the past week, will also offer free access to the Charity Afire exhibit, which tells (through life-like mannequins depicting a battlefield and hospital scene) the compelling stories of the Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity and how they not only endured the war but tended to the spiritual and medical needs of soldiers from both sides.

Contact 301.447.6606, or visit http://www.setonheritage.org for more information.

The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton



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