Beneath the Falling Stars
Civil War Dance and Wreath-Laying Ceremony Honors Female Civil War Combat Soldiers
Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Battlefield Bed & Breakfast (2264 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, PA) Pergola ceremony, Historic Barn Venue dance
The public is invited to attend “Beneath the Falling Stars,” a special event honoring female Civil War combat soldiers presented by Soldier’s Trace En Corp. The event will include a Civil War camp and battle vignettes, speakers and book signings, live music, and a culminating wreath-laying ceremony and roll call. A period-dress Civil War dance will follow the ceremony.
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
- Civil War camp with Cavalry and Artillery reenactors, vendors and music by Nashville’s Lucas Ciliberti
- Battle vignettes, speakers, book signings
- Military honors wreath-laying ceremony and roll call, pairing modern military veterans from previous generations (WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War ...) as the memorial wreath layers honoring a predecessor Civil War COMBAT soldier. The ceremony includes a modern color-guard unit from the local Gettysburg, PA post #15.
- Debut performance of “Glory Honor’s Stone” by The Susquehanna Travelers
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Civil War Dance - $10 separate admission (period dress suggested). The renowned Civil War period Dance Master, Larry Farley and several of the Victorian Dance Ensemble demonstrators will be on hand to lead the dances.
In 2011, Connie J. Peresada, a female American veteran of the 1st Gulf War era (1985-1991) founded Soldier’s Trace En Corp and developed “Glory Honor’s Stone,” a soldier legacy project derived from Peresada’s poem in the same name, with a mission to forge a permanent place for Civil War combat soldier females in our American soldier legacy history.
This year, Peresada commissioned The Susquehanna Travelers to create a tribute ballad inspired by the poem “Glory Honor Stone,” which will premiere at the second annual ‘Beneath the Falling Stars” event in Gettysburg, PA on September 17, 2017 at Battlefield Bed and Breakfast, a historic Civil War farmhouse that served as General Merritt’s Headquarters during the Battle of Gettysburg.
On September 18, 2016, Peresada partnered with U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs to officially recognize of twenty of the over 400 female Civil War combat soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. Soldier’s Trace En Corp continues its second annual tribute, currently hosting this special event to fundraise for the fabrication of a memorial gateway to be installed on hallowed ground, which will featurecrystal leaves etched with female Civil Warcombat soldiers’ names, supported by wrought-iron and stone pillars.
There is a $5 per person suggested donation to enter the event and tickets to the Civil War period dance are $10 per person. There is no food service at the event. Seating is limited; reservations strongly suggested. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
Time & Date: Sunday, September 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tickets for Main Event (3 - 5 PM): Donations of $5.00 appreciated
Tickets for Evening Civil War Dance (6 - 8 PM): $10 per person