Living History groups will be featured today at local museum

Civil War Living History groups

The Officers for The Union and Ladies for The Union Civil War Living History groups whose members reside in and around Gettysburg will be featured as guest presenters during the Community Free Day at the National Civil War Museum today, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Officers for The Union and Ladies for The Union are elite living history organizations. Each group portrays the lives of people during the Civil War. Bringing personal and social issues of the Civil War to light each group gives their visitors an accurate and clear picture of the experiences, feelings and emotions of peoples' lives during that time.

Scheduled to be present will be Major General G. K. Warren, Chief Engineer of the Army of the Potomac, General John Buford, 1st Division Cavalry Commander, General Horace Porter, Aide to General Grant, Lt. Colonel Edward S. Salomon of the 82nd Illinois Infantry, and Major Hugo Hildebrandt, of the 39th New York "Garibaldi Guards."

The Ladies for The Union will be set up in a 19th Century Parlor setting in the observation deck room on the second floor. In this setting the Ladies will demonstrate and discuss a specific home front skill employed by women during the Civil War. In addition to this, each Lady may assume a persona of the time ranging from a General's wife, to an independent lady involved in sick and wounded soldiers' relief, to a nurse working with the medical service. Through each role, the Ladies relate the experiences their Lady encountered and what contributions women made during the Civil War.

The Officers and Ladies for The Union organizations strive to give visitors a very vivid look at what people were like during the Civil War.

Both The Officers for The Union and The Ladies for The Union will also be featured in Gettysburg at the following locations:

Red Patch, 64 West Confederate Avenue, on July 1, 2, and 3, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Officers Fire Side Talks at 7:30 p.m.

Rupp House History Center at 415 Baltimore Street on July 7-8 and Aug. 11-12, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and Officers Candle Light talks at 7:30 p.m.

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