Fontana

Fontana

A sing-along program featuring marching and camp songs of the Civil War is among First Friday events planned today in Gettysburg.

Union soldier portrayer Tom Fontana will lead singing and present historical information from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station, 35 Carlisle St.

“Many of the songs are still well known and popular today. A few of them are so sad that they were banned from being sung in camp for fear soldiers would get homesick and skedaddle,” Fontana said in a release.

Performances are to include “Battle Cry of Freedom,” “Skip to My Lou,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Betsy From Pike,” “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Dixie,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “foot-stomping harmonica tunes,” amongst others.

The program is also to include an opportunity to learn one of President Lincoln’s campaign songs.

The station is a free museum administered by Gettysburg Foundation, Friends of Gettysburg, and the Gettysburg National Military Park.

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