The mission of the 2nd South Carolina String Band is to present Civil War music in as authentic a manner as possible. In their recordings the listener will hear the music of the 19th century played on 19th century period instruments in the appropriate style. This is the music as it truly sounded to the soldiers of the Civil War.

The 2nd South Carolina String Band was formed in August of 1989 by five riflemen of Co.I, 2nd SC Volunteer Infantry, a unit of Civil War reenactors that was very active during the five years of events celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Civil War – and for many years to follow. After the battles, drills and inspections, the boys who had instruments played and sang around the campfire while members of the unit would often join in and sing along. This was the beginning of the 2nd South Carolina String Band.

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Vicksburg National Military Park is proud to present music, songs, and speeches – along with crafts and handiwork of the period – in their first signature Sesquicentennial event: The Vicksburg Civil War Heritage Fair, on Friday, April 5th, Saturday, April 6th and Sunday, April 7, 2013.


The Fair will all be held in historic downtown Vicksburg at the park’s Pemberton’s Headquarters, the Old Courthouse, and the Southern Cultural Heritage Center. In addition to the performances, presentations and demonstrations offered, Pemberton’s Headquarters will be open to the public all day on Saturday, April 6th; and two free walking tours of the historic neighborhood will be given at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm that day by Vicksburg National Military Park Licensed Battlefield Guides.


The 2nd South Carolina String Band will be giving three separate performances: In the morning, 11am, at the Auditorium of the Southern Cultural Heritage Center; in the afternoon at 2pm, at Pemberton’s Headquarters; and again in the evening, as part of a larger program, from 8:20pm to 9:10pm.