Sunday, June 30, 2013

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Angels of the Battlefield

150 years ago the Union soldiers encamped on the property of the Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  There were many thousands of soldiers encamped there.  The Sisters worked hard to help provide bread and coffee to the weary Union soldiers and later to the Confederate soldiers who would also pass through.  How scary it must have been as the two sides were preparing to meet up!  The Sisters were very grateful that the battle happened further north.

The Sisters then went to the battlefield once the fighting was done to tend the wounded and also in the makeshift hospitals set up in the area.

Here is a link to the WYPR podcast of Dee Gallo, archivist of the Daughters of Charity, speaking about the Sisters involvement in the Battle of Gettysburg:  During the week of commemorations, the archives have various displays and presentations. "Like" Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives on Facebook!
The Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton now has a special museum display that was just opened to share about the Sisters part in the battle.
Here is the link to the shrine.
This photo is of me dressed in the habit of the Daughters of Charity as they would have been at that time in history.  The photo is taken in front of a new display at the visitor center in Emmitsburg along Route 15.

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