Muster up your spirit with good Civil War song and music, today and tomorrow with the 19th Annual Civil War Music Muster. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation along with the Gettysburg National Military Park, this one-of-a-kind event that brings to light authentic musical instruments and styles from the Civil War is free and open to the public.
Bring a chair, set up and listen to good, hearty, Civil War style music played by renowned Civil War-style musicians on original popular instruments from the day including mandolins, fifes, banjos and more. Songs to be performed also include, but are not limited the songs of balladeers, Victorian dance music and dance performances.
Musical performances will vary by time and location throughout the next two days. Some of these locations include sites around the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, the Dobbin House Restaurant, the Pennsylvania Memorial and Auto Tour Stop #12 on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
The event will officially kickoff on Friday, Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. on the plaza at the flagpole kiosk in front of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. First up entertainment will come from Steve Ball of Columbus, Ohio, a newcomer to the Civil War Muster. Following this performance, at 2 p.m., Libby Prison Minstrels will be performing in the tent out front of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. David Kincaid of the Irish Volunteers will perform at 3 p.m. followed by the whole band of Irish Volunteers, who are making their fourth performance to this event, at 4 p.m. The last performance on Friday will be by the Connecticut Valley Field Music at the flagpole plaza. Other performers at this year’s Civil War Muster include: the Susquehanna Travellers, known for their Victorian dance ensembles and solos; the 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band, a 12 member fife and drum band; the Fort Delaware Cornet Band, a seven member band performing Civil War era brass and percussion, and the 77th New York Regimental Balladeers.
Performances on Saturday, Aug. 16 will start bright and early at 9:40 a.m. at the flagpole kiosk. As the day continues, tent performances will be ongoing throughout the day up until 5:45 p.m. Performances will also take place in the courtyard of the Dobbin House Tavern between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. There will also be a grand finale performance, beginning at 3:45 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Memorial which will continue on through the day until sundown.
Make this year’s Civil War Music Muster a must-do for your weekend agenda. For more information, call 717-334-1124, ext. 3251 or 8023, or visit the event link at www.nps.gov/gett.