The 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Inc. is a living history organization dedicated to the authentic portrayal of the life of the common soldier of the Union (Federal) Army during the Civil War.  We emphasize historical research and authenticity, safety, company and battalion drill and battlefield tactics, seeking to educate the public about how the Federal Civil War soldier lived on a daily basis. Members dress in authentic uniforms and use authentic (yet reproduction) equipment, carry reproduction weapons, and camp in authentic tents. We regularly meet for battle reenactments, parades, and living history events throughout the year.

Co. C, 53rd PVI at Landis Valley State Museum, July 2008 (Courtesy Doug Raab)

53rd PVI, Co.C at Landis Valley State Museum (Lancaster, PA), July 2008 (Courtesy of Doug Raab)

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Tintype of some of the men of the 53rd PVI, Company C with our colors (2016).  Courtesy of www.mototintype.com.
Included are (L to R): Sgt. Marc Benedict, Corporal Matthew Steger, Private Joseph Marks, Private
John Rentschler, Private Jeff Marks, Private Doug Raab, Private Steve Dillon, and Sgt. Mark Fasnacht.

Company C, 53rd P.V.I. is based in SOUTH-CENTRAL Pennsylvania and is a unit in good standing in the “National Regiment”.

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We also portray Company C, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry – “Gosline’s Zouaves”- at events where the 95th P.V.I. saw service. Visit our historical and informational pages on the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry, 1861-1865 by clicking on the “95TH PVI” button in the Historical section on the menu bar.


“Clubs Are Trumps!”


Honoring Our Civil War Dead

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On Wednesday 16 November 2016, a few members of the 53rd PVI were honored to participate in a re-burial ceremony at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery of 3 Federal black Civil War soldiers.  One was a member of the 54th Mass. (the “Glory” regiment).  A second was in the Mass. Cavalry.  Little is known of the 3rd solder.  They had originally been interred in Cumberland County (PA) in approx. the 1880s, but more recently, these graves were disinterred since they were now on a modern residential property.  We saw the story on the news and decided to participate in their reburial at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.  Modern Civil War re-enactors being able to participate in the burial of original Civil War veterans is an extremely rare occasion.  A burial ceremony with full military honors was bestowed to these men at Ft. Indiantown Gap.  We served as the Civil War honor/color guard for this ceremony.  Participating in the ceremony were [see 1st photo]: (standing left to right) Private Steve Dillon, Corporal Matthew Steger, Private Eric Ford.  Photos courtesy of Pat Rose.

Remembering Our Pard


John P. Lowry, 63, of Denver, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Hershey Medical Center. He was born in Lancaster County to the late Dean and Joanna W. (Bigler) Lowry and was the loving husband and best friend of Sherry (Swarmer) Lowry, with whom he shared 15 years of companionship and 10 years of marriage.

John was a loving and involved husband, father and grandfather who instilled a love of life, learning and hard work in his children and grandchildren. He was a history buff and a Civil War re-enactor with the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was a musician, playing bass guitar and piano, a handyman, and enjoyed traveling, riverboat cruises, and spending time with his family. John’s smile, sense of humor and compassion will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.

John was a 1971 graduate of Hempfield H.S. He was a postal carrier in the Ephrata area, having retired after 30 years of service. He was most recently a delivery person for the West Side Radiator Shop in Stevens.

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Deborah Feirick; a daughter, Rebecca Ann, wife of David Watson of Ephrata, a son, John Robert Lowry and partner Stephanie Miller of Greensburg; 3 step-children, Andrew Krick, Melanie Baffuto and Austin Krick, all of Denver; 10 grandchildren, Lily, Quinn, Julian, Nolan, Trayton, Julia, Xavier, Gabriel, Faith, and Carson; 2 brothers, Thomas D., husband of Elizabeth (Fink) Lowry of Lancaster, and Charles, husband of Tracy Bronk of Vermont.

John will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

*Clubs are Trump*

Watercolor by Jeff Marks of John Lowry

Watercolor by Jeff Marks of John Lowry