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Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church is the oldest structure in Gettysburg continuously used as a Church. During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, it was designated by the Union troops as a field hospital. Severely injured and dying soldiers from both sides were brought there to receive treatment.
Since 1999, members of the congregation of the church have shared some of the rich history of the building by presenting a free program which has come to be known as Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital. Volunteers from the congregation serve as costumed re-enactors, reading selections from journals left by individuals who were present at the church during the battle. Authentic Civil War music is also performed by local musicians including audience sing-alongs. Poetry by Walt Whitman, who served as a nurse during the Civil War, and passages from Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address add an extra dimension to the program.
Performances are held Saturday evenings each summer, with a special performance in November on or near the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The music begins at 7:30 p.m. outside on the steps of the church (weather permitting) with the main program beginning at 8. The church is located at 30 Chambersburg St, about a half a block west of the Square in downtown Gettysburg. Admission is free. The schedule for the rest of the summer is below.
•July 1 Sunday
•Saturday November 17
Here’s our Arts and Culture audio feature on the event, with some samples of the journal readings that are part of the program.
Published in Center Stage
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