Hear about the Battle of Gettysburg and Sisters who cared for the wounded

Civil War Tour

On this specialty tour, discover all that the Sisters and Daughters of Charity experienced during the American Civil War as they tirelessly endeavored to provide hope and healing to a nation torn apart by conflict.

Learn how charity was given without reserve to the destitute, wounded and ill on both sides of the conflict as Sisters found themselves serving on battlefields, in hospitals and other unconventional settings throughout the country, including their own property in Emmitsburg, MD. After the Union Army encamped in late June of 1863 at the Sisterhood and proceeded north, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War raged just 12 miles from the peaceful home of the Sisters in the small town of Gettysburg. Bravely, the Sisters responded wherever there was human need both near and far from home beginning the spring of 1861 to the close of the war.

Tours are available the 3rd Sunday of the Month from June thru Sept. at 1pm and 3pm.  (6/16, 7/21, 8/18 and 9/22), as well as 5/27 at 11am & 1pm (Memorial day). Reserve your ticket here.

Join us for this tour that captures how the Sisters provided solace in the midst of suffering and despair. The tours take place every third Sunday of the month. You will also receive a free Charity Afire Civil War Trilogy with your ticket!

Civil War Sisters Tour for Groups 

The Civil War Sisters Group Tour is available to groups of 10 or more, with a discounted rate of $5/person. We kindly request that you schedule at least one month prior to your visit. Email Kelly at Kelly.Smith@setonshrine.org to book your group today.

We look forward to seeing you!

What to expect on the tour:

  • This guided walking tour is primarily outdoors.
  • The tour lasts 45-60 minutes.
  • The grounds and walkways are handicap-accessible.

Extras to Add to Your Experience:

  • Visit the brand new Seton Shrine Museum, Visitor Center and Gift Shop during your visit. The Basilica is also open daily 10am-5pm.