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Gettysburg at 150 – Daughters of Charity

by | Jun 30, 2013 | Daughters of Charity, Vincentian Family

 

This photo is of Sr. Denise LaRock 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.

This photo is of Sr. Denise LaRock 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.

Sr. Denise LaRock does her own re-enactment on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Angels of the Battlefield. She explains

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.

You can listen to the WYPR podcast of Dee Gallo, archivist of the Daughters of Charity, speaking about the Sisters involvement in the Battle of Gettysburg here  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 information about the museum and display.)

Visit the Seton Heritage Shrine Website here.

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