I attended a church service a few Sunday’s ago at the United States Christian Commission Civil War Chapel in Gettysburg, and have been remiss in not writing about it.

As you can see from the picture at right, you really get a taste of how services were conducted during the Civil War. For those who are not accustomed to sitting for an hour without being able to lean back in your seat, the service can probably be a little grueling. (But for an historical fiction author, it can be great fun and a great source for background material).

The service was a wonderful mixture of God and country. We sang two of my favorite songs – Amazing Grace and the Star Spangled Banner, as well as a number of old hymns. And where else can you go to church and end up sitting beside a Confederate soldier?

The United States Christian Commission in Gettysburg brings to life the untold stories of the heroes who served on the battlefields without rifle or bayonet — but with Bibles, bandages and the love of Christ. The present-day USCC is dedicated to telling the stories of those who served their country and Lord, and is in the process of renovating museum space beside the Chapel, which is located on Chambersburg Street in Gettysburg.

If you are in town on a Sunday, I highly recommend attending this service.

Jessica James


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