1st Pennsylvania Reserves, Co. D


                           A warm place in the field! Gettysburg 2013

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Proverbs 3:6   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

A Company of Civil War Living Historians

The 1st Pennsylvania Reserves (reenactors), Company D, was formed in Lancaster County in 1997 as a company of civil war reenactors intent on teaching, and living history.  We spend about 1 to 2 weekends per month for about 9 months, attending and camping at various events throughout the northeast.  From Virginia and West Virginia, to New York state, we've pitched our camps in order to live and teach about the life and times of the American Civil War.  It's one thing to sit in a classroom, listen to lectures, and read books.  It's quite another thing to actually live it!  That's "living history"!  We teach folks about what it's like to be a soldier and suffer the privations that war brings.  (not that we make you suffer)  And about the families left at home to "keep the home fires burning".  About the courage and sacrifice made by average Americans fighting for their cause - Freedom or Preservation.  We teach about the 630,000 lives lost, and the countless numbers left maimed and mutilated in defense of those causes.  But then there were the good things.  The endless tales of compassion - even to the enemy; the beginnings of the American Red Cross; and of greater virtue -emancipation.  But the one thing we make a point to emphasize is in all circumstances, no matter how virtuous the cause, war  "is all hell", and should be the very last resort to resolution.  So, can we interest you to come join us as we help teach Americans (and others) about sacrifice, honor, compassion, and forgiveness.                           

 -Captain R. VanderPlate, Commanding, Co. D

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