The Westport Historical Society will host a "Songs of the Civil War" program on Sunday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road.

The program, which will benefit the church and the society, will feature Jose Andrade performing Civil War songs such as "Dixie," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and the Civil War love song "Aura Lee."

It will also include a talk by Brian O'Leary, the society's director of exhibits. He will show newspaper clippings on Westport's vote in the 1860 election and discuss the roughly 60 men from Westport who volunteered in the Fairfield-based 17th Regiment.

O'Leary will also discuss individual Westport residents who served

in the war, and will show a photo of the Confederate officer who gave the order to fire on Fort Sumter and of the general who commanded the 17th.

Andrade, of New York City, has performed with opera companies around the country. Though he had a relative who fought in the Civil War, Andrade says he became interested in the war when he visited the set of the film "Gettysburg" when his brother, Eduardo, was working on it

Tickets are $15 at the door.

For information, call the church at 203-227-7205 or visit the society's website at for information.