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Little known True Civil War Stories from the Antietam Battlefield area are brought to life by Jennie Avila's CD of 17 original songs. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 9, 2012.

Little known True Civil War Stories from the Antietam Battlefield area are brought to life by Jennie Avila's CD of 17 original songs.

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                     ~ What people are saying about the SONGS...

✧  Poignant and powerful! I'll definitely be backing your project.            ~Curtis in Utah, Civil War Buff & CD backer

✧ Very original! Your songs capture the events as if you were able 

to see 150 years ago.                                                                                                      ~ Russell E. Richards, Jr. Historical Entertainment, LLC

✧  Spot-on! I loved them.                                                                                      Edie Wallace, President of Friends of Tolsen's Chapel

                 Sample the Songs! yourself and tell me what you think!

THANK YOU so much for checking out my new CIVIL WAR CD Project and for your participation at any level! No amount is too small or too large ~

I'm Jennie Avila and I am a professional singer songwriter and artist. I live near the Antietam Battlefield region of Sharpsburg, Maryland where on September 17, 1862, more than 22,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were wounded, lost or killed in just one day. These pastoral hills, that hosted our bloodiest day of battle, are legendary for their ability to captivate the hearts and souls of those who visit. I was no exception. In fact, I found myself inspired to write 17 songs that ennoble little known but true Civil War tales from the Antietam area and beyond. My search for authentic stories led me to attics, graveyards, mountaintops, library archives, and particularly the quirky nooks and crannies of the Boonsborough Museum of History. There I was regaled with many fascinating stories from Master Tale Collector, Doug Bast, the owner/director of the museum.

Through KICKSTARTER, I intend to raise enough money to finish mastering the songs (they are all recorded and mixed!) and then manufacture and promote this new CD in time for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam in September, 2012. For participating in my CIVIL WAR CD adventure, you'll be REWARDED with all sorts of amazing treasures, including autographed copies of the CDhandmade clay instruments (made by Hagerstown's Stephen Wright) like the ones used in the recording, original artwork, a private museum tour with me, and more! You'll even have the opportunity to help me choose the image and title for the Cover of the new CD. 

About the songs ~ their wide range of focus includes; blue and gray, black and white, men and women, young and old...and of course, a horse! What they all have in common is an immediacy, an intimate perspective that allows the listener a deeper look inside the characters and situations that have captured my heart. Bringing these true stories to life has pulled me into many marvelous and unexpected places. I find myself wondering, "Did I find the stories or did the stories find me?"

Now you can sample 11 of the songs at Jennie's Kickstarter !!

And please scroll down to see the List of Songs and their Short Descriptions, as well as more about the REWARDS!

New CIVIL WAR CD – All songs © Jennie Avila, ASCAP

1. To Clara BartonLetters written to Col. Tufts of the Soldiers Relief Committee reveal the humble supplies donated to Clara Barton for the enormous task of tending thousands of wounded soldiers.

2. Would a Lady Tell a LieYoung Maria Kretzer defied Confederate orders to surrender her family’s grand Union Flag when the rebels occupied Sharpsburg after the Battle of South Mountain.

3. Antietam LuminaryMore than 22,000 candles are lit annually in the Antietam Battlefields to honor the soldiers who were wounded, lost, or killed in just one day of conflict.

4. A Bullet Lives OnSpent bullets were plentiful, so soldiers carved them into toys, tools and totems.

5. Prince, My Favorite HorseHenry Kyd Douglas wrote this poem when he received news of the death of his childhood horse while he was a prisoner of war in Johnson’s Island Union Camp in the winter of 1863. I set the poem to music. 

6. Tolson’s ChapelHillary Watson’s tombstone stands in the graveyard of Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg, MD, which was built by emancipated slaves. It is currently being restored.

7. Unlock the RoseA slave punishment collar with iron thorns borne too long would cause severe infection. Archival news articles report that a master was found guilty and fined for this cruelty.

8. Orphan TrainThe war created many thousands of orphans who were shipped out west for adoption, often to be treated as slaves.

9. Mary Vance’s ScrapbookA Union soldier sent all of the souvenirs in this song to Miss Vance who preserved them, including a baby’s lock of hair given to him by a dying Confederate soldier.

10. Beautiful and BlessedThe Washington County Home for Orphan and Friendless Children rescued poverty stricken children with an innovative program of care and education. Anna McCarty was their beloved matron.

11. Breakfast at The Heck’sLittle sister Sally recalled when her two brothers, fighting on opposite sides, simultaneously arrived at their mother’s kitchen in Boonsboro, MD for breakfast after the Battle of South Mountain.

12. SultanaAn overloaded steamboat sank while attempting to ferry soldiers home after the war. (Officially the worst maritime disaster in US history) The ship tells the tale.

13. Love Beyond the Grave This Blue and Gray “Romeo and Juliet” love story was inspired by a memorial written by Confederate Henry Kyd Douglas for Annie Washington of Hagerstown, MD.

14. Relic Post Union Private Samuel Wright’s souvenir relic post and Bloody Layne heroics are contrasted with Jacob Miller’s trials as a Confederate farmer whose fences and crops were victims of the Battle of Antietam.

15. Bushwhackers and BushongsA young man escaped involuntary conscription. His granddaughter, Adelaide, told the story to me. (Named after her grandmother)

16. Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The BonesA battlefield ghost story.

17. Pass to CrossA slave, Thomas Laws, and a schoolteacher, Rebecca Wright, became Union spies for a day.

And here is a list of the musicians, instruments, and recording engineers that bring the songs to life on the new CD!

  • Jennie Avila - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ubang, Shakers, Kokirikko
  • Jay Ansill - Violins and Mandolin                                                               
  • Steve Wright - Ubang
  • Ralph Gordon - Upright Bass
  • Christina Muir - Mountain Dulcimer, Guitar, Harmony Vocal (Hot Soup!) 
  • Sue Trainor - Harmony Vocal (Hot Soup!)
  • John Turner - Resophonic, 12 String and 6 String Guitars
  • Anne Hills - Banjo
  • Terry Tucker - Auto Harp
  • Robbie Caruthers - Fiddle
  • Paul Mackerel - Banjo
  • Asbury Methodist Church of Hagerstown Gospel Choir - Harmony Vocals
  • Todd Matthew Stotler - Authentic Sound Effects, as well as recording and mixing of the songs at his wonderful Echoes Recording Studio.
  • Dennis Cook - recording engineer on Antietam Luminary and basic tracks of Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones
  • Dennis Mickley - recording engineer on basic tracks of A Bullet Lives On and Breakfast at The Heck's

Find out more about Jennie and her music at http://www.JennieAvila.com.

Click the link to sample "Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones", the mp3 offered for a $5 Reward.

Here's more about some of Jennie's great REWARDS...

Pictured below are several of the possible CD Covers and titles being considered for this CD. Help Jennie choose. All pledges will receive a direct link to a site where you can click on your favorite CD cover and have your choice tallied. You can also download the image if you like. Some of the CD Cover options are pictured here below.

And there are even more choices! You'll be sent a link where you can check them all out and help Jennie choose.

Continue scrolling down to see other REWARD opportunities!

Pictured above is an image of the 7"x7" Giclee Print of Jennie's original artwork, "Naked In The Rain" that you can get in the $100 Reward!

Pictured above are the Handmade Clay Instruments by Stephen Wright that were used on Jennie's CD and which are offered as great Rewards.            The Clay Chimes (in the $800 Reward), the #2 Ubang (in the $550  Reward), and the Shaker Pot (in the Excellent Choice $200 Reward). You can hear samples of these instruments at http://www.wrighthanddrums.com

Pictured above is the beginning of the Private Tour with Jennie through the amazing Boonsborough Museum of History of Boonsboro, Maryland (in the $350 Reward). This is where many of the little known stories came from that Jennie set into song for the CD. Let's go exploring!

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    Please help me decide! You can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs and my thanks. See some choices on the lower left of this page.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    2 backers

    Thank you! I will email you an mp3 of the song, "Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones" + you can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs and my appreciation. To hear a sample, find the song link on the lower left of this page.

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    2 backers

    Yay! You'll get 3 POSTCARDS with the winning CD Cover Design, one inscribed with a personal "THANK YOU" and 2 blank for your own use + an emailed mp3 of "Warrior Spirit and The Keeper of The Bones" + you can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs.

    (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    4 backers

    Thanks sooo much! You will get an mp3 download version of the entire new CIVIL WAR CD of 17 songs + 3 POSTCARDS (one with personal "thank you") + you can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs. (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    49 backers

    I Luv You! I'll mail you a SIGNED COPY of my new Civil War Stories CD + 3 POSTCARDS (one with personal "thank you") + you can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs.
    (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    Pledge $50 or more

    15 backers

    "SWEET DEAL" Package ~ You're Fantastic! You'll get 2 SIGNED COPIES of my new Civil War Stories CD + YOUR NAME LISTED in a special Kickstarter participant "thank you" section of my website + 3 POSTCARDS (one with personal "thank you") + you can help me CHOOSE and also Download your favorite design option for my CD Cover. You will have a direct link to the designs and my eternal gratitude!
    (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    1 backer

    Wow! What can I say? I will record a "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" song for YOU and email you an mp3 of it during your birthday month + you get the "SWEET DEAL" Package!

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    2 backers

    You are wonderful! You'll get your very own HAIKU written by me + the HAPPY BIRTHDAY mp3 + the "SWEET DEAL" Package.
    (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    You're Great!! You'll get a full color, 7"x7" GICLEE PRINT of my original artwork entitled, "Naked In The Rain" (you can see an image of it on the lower left of this page) + the "SWEET DEAL" Package. (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    "IN MY BOOKLET" Reward. What would I do without YOU?...You'll get YOUR NAME PRINTED in my CD booklet under the "Kickstarter participant Thank You" section + a signed poster with the winning cover image, + the "SWEET DEAL" Package. (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    1 backer

    "EXCELLENT CHOICE!" Package. You'll get all of the "IN MY BOOKLET" Reward + one SHAKER POT Clay Instrument, handmade by Stephen Wright (as seen in my Kickstarter video and pictured on the lower left of this page). Handmade shakers will vary in size and color. (Addresses outside of the U.S. will incur additional shipping charges)

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    1 backer

    You're the Best! You'll get the "EXCELLENT CHOICE" Package + a "SURPRISE" Package of 3 assorted previously released CDs from Jennie’s archives. Let me know if you want me to sign them.
    (Addresses outside of the continental US will incur additional shipping charges)

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    This is great!! I (Jennie) will accompany you on a PRIVATE TOUR of the Boonsborough Museum of History in Bonsboro, Maryland, where you will be gifted one authentic Civil War MINI BALL (plain bullet) + the “IN My BOOKLET” Reward. Tours are by appointment only, you are responsible for your travel, food and lodging expenses.

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    Now we're talkin' ! You'll get the "EXCELLENT CHOICE" package + I will WRITE A SONG about you (or someone you love) based on your answers to these 6 questions:
    1. What has made you really mad? (It could be recent or long past)
    2. What has made you really glad? (It could be recent or long past)
    3. What is your favorite food?
    4. What is your favorite color?
    5. What are the three most important things about you?
    6. If you could be anything, what would you become?
    (I'll email you an mp3 copy of it)

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    3 backers

    You're incredible! You'll get the #2 UBANG, a clay udu style instrument, handmade by Stephen Wright (as shown in the video, and pictured on the lower left of this page) + the "EXCELLENT CHOICE" Package. (Addresses outside of the continental US will incur additional shipping charges)

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    You want this! You'll get the fantastic new CLAY CHIMES, handmade by Stephen Wright (as shown in the video and pictured on the lower left of this page) + the "EXCELLENT CHOICE" Package. (Addresses outside of the continental US will incur additional shipping charges)

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    Can't wait to meet you!! I will PERFORM A CONCERT (two 45 minute sets) at your home or Historical Society + the "EXCELLENT CHOICE” Package. *If your performance location is beyond a 99-mile radius of Hagerstown, MD, you must also provide gas, travel, food and lodging expenses for two people.

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    You're an ANGEL! You'll get an ORIGINAL DRAWING by Jennie Avila from those used in the CD booklet. (I teach art at Hagerstown Community College) + the "EXCELLENT CHOICE” Package. (Addresses outside of the continental US will incur additional shipping charges)

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    I'm overwhelmed by you! I will DRAW A PORTRAIT (realistic or visionary) of you or someone you love (even your pet) based on photographs you send + the "EXCELLENT CHOICE” Package. (Addresses outside of the continental US will incur additional shipping charges)

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