Civil War Sisters

Charity Afire Exhibit

The Daughters and Sisters of Charity played a prominent role during the Civil War, caring for wounded on both sides and providing compassion in an otherwise violent and painful time.

Some worked in the cities where they were missioned, while others traveled from battlefield to battlefield, North and South. They continued Mother Seton’s ministry of charity, bringing solace and healing to the wounded of both armies, sometimes at their own peril.

Discover how the Sisters served those in need, both in and out of hospitals during the Civil War. See life-like dioramas depicting scenes of the soldiers and Sisters. Read their personal accounts, view a large-scale map showing where they served, observe panoramic images, and see bullet fragments found on the battlefields, as well as other artifacts.

Civil War Exhibit
Civil War Exhibit

Civil War Tour

Make time for our special Civil War tour, offered by advance reservation only. Take a guided tour to learn how the the Sisters and Daughters of Charity served the soldiers during the war, and visit the site where Union soldiers camped prior to the battle that became the Battle of Gettysburg.

Tours are offered typically April through November, although we can work with you to schedule a tour outside of this time, weather permitting. To make your reservation, please contact Bridgett Bassler, Programs Coordinator.