About Us


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.

We generally use Casey’s 1862 Infantry Tactics: Casey’s vol.1 and Casey’s vol.2
(thank you to our friends at the 64th Illinois, Co. E for sharing these files)

53rd PVI, Company C at Gruber Wagon Works (Reading, PA) July 2016 (Courtesy Eric Ford)

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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 eastern Pennsylvania and is a unit in good standing in the “National Regiment”.

6corpsbadgeCompany C, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry

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 Historical section on the menu bar.


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