Welcome to the website of the 53rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (53rd PVI)

We are a living history organization headquartered in south-central PA dedicated to the authentic portrayal of the life of the common eastern theater 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, drill, and living history events throughout the year. Use the above website menu to learn about us including our event schedule, our history, and much more. We are always looking for authenticity-minded men to join our ranks as well. If so inclined, please use the “Contact Us” tab above to find out more about our group. The 53rd PVI is a member of The National Regiment. Click here to learn about the original 53rd PVI.

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

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

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.

Tintype of some of the men of the 53rd PVI, Company C with our colors (Gettysburg 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.

The 53rd PVI, Company C is based in south-central Pennsylvania and is a unit in good standing in the National Regiment.

6corpsbadgeCompany C, 95th Pennsylvania Infantry

We also portray the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry Company C – “Gosline’s Zouaves”- at events where the 95th PVI  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.

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