This is Arlington Independent Media’s coverage of Guillotine Theatre with Dead Men’s Hollow, performing many of the Civil War songs that would have been heard by the thousands of troops that were posted in this area and in what is now Arlington. Watch actors bring to life real letters and diary entries of Civil War experiences from people here in Northern Virginia ranging from a farmer who was a conscientious objector, an Alexandria teenager who recorded events throughout the conflict, to an African-American soldier writing to his enslaved daughters.

Renamed in 2012 after two decades as The Georgetown Theatre Company, Guillotine Theatre is based at Grace Church in Georgetown and tours its children’s productions through Young Audiences of Washington. The performance is accompanied by the band Dead Men’s Hollow, influenced by bluegrass, country, blues, and gospel.They are six-time Washington Area Music Association “Wammie” Award winners—including Best Bluegrass Group and Bluegrass Album of the Year. Produced through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media and shot with mobile fly-pack equipment.

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