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Gettysburg Encampment 2023

Gettysburg Encampment, Gettysburg, PA
August 25-27, 2023

Salute Arms

As part of the 160th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg the 1st Pa asked the 69th Pa to join them in reply to an invitation to encamp on the very grounds where the battle raged in July 1863. We were asked to encamp in front of the Pennsylvania monument and to provide 5 separate programs of marching, drill, maneuver and musket fire to the hundreds of visitors who came to Gettysburg to learn about what happened there.

Camp Scene
Camp at Night

At 3:00 Friday evening camp was established as the registered 69th members arrived, set up tents and enjoyed a meal of venison chili prepared by 2nd Lieutenant David O’Daniel. At 7:00 am reveille … roll call … & flag placement took place and the day began with drill. Starting at 10:00 am each hour the unit marched out of camp to the drill field for the visiting audience. Lunch that day was rabbit and sea bass to be followed that evening by  “Gettysburg Stew”, corn on the cob, flounder and home made sourdough bread.

Cooking Crew

After the 2:00 presentations many of the unit walked to the stone wall and copse for a review of the July 3 battle. An exciting evening followed with music and singing around camp. Finally a special version of the traditional flag honoring around the fire as all assembled honored the 53 men from the 69th Pa and the 23 men killed from the 71st Pa at Gettysburg.

Lined Up for Drill

On Sunday a repeat of the 10:00am and noon presentations ended the day and the adventure. Weather was beautiful – no rain – plenty of breeze and sun. The event was a pleasure for the thirty four attendees. Visitors by the hundreds came to see us and talk in camp. This was a unique opportunity to have the members of the “69th West”  (Central Pa) merge with the traditional 69th Pa for a joint effort.

Meeting in Camp

Upcoming Events


March 16
Band Performance, Siamsa Pub, Stroudsburg, PA

April 6
Heckler Plantation, Harleysville, PA

April 9
Camp Discharge, Gladwyne, PA

May 4-5
Wilderness Battlefield, Spotsylvania, VA

May 18
Peter Wentz Drill, Lansdale, PA

June 8
Annual Reenactment, Old Bedford, PA

July 20
White Chimney Estates, Gap, PA

August 24
Gettysburg Encampment, Gettysburg, PA

September 14-15
Cold Spring Village Encampment, Cape May, NJ

September 21
Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, PA

October 12
Fall Festival & Civil War Weekend, Mullica Hill, NJ

October 19
Reenactment Battle, Cedar Creek, VA

October 26
Langhorne Harvest Day, Langhorne, PA

November 11
Veterans Day

November 15-16
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

Past Events


March 10
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Phila, PA


November 17-18
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 11
Veterans Day Gravestones

October 28
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 20-21
Heritage Day Brubaker Park

October 13-15
Mullica Hill “Living History”

September 8-10
Cold Spring Village Event

August 25-27
Gettysburg Encampment

July 21-22
White Chimney Estates Event

June 23-25
Gettysburg 160th Reenactment

June 10
Old Bedford Reenactment

May 29
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

May 27
Memorial Day Gravestones

May 20
Living History Day – New Hope, PA

March 25
School of the Soldier

March 12
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade


November 18-19
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 12
Lawnview Cemetery

October 29
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 8
Mullica Hill

September 9-11
Cold Spring Encampment & Skirmish

July 29-30
Gettysburg Encampment

July 15-16
Falling Waters Civil War Weekend

June 10-12
Fort Mifflin

May 30
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

May 21
Parkesburg Festival

April 29–30
Camp Geiger Reenactment

April 26
Old Cathedral Cemetery Gravestones

March 19
Band Performance Hatboro Pa

March 13
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

February 25-26
Daniel Boone Drill Camp


November 20
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 13
Lawnview Cemetery

October 30
Langhorne Harvest Day

October 22
Brad Upp Book Debut

October 16
Brubaker Park

September 24-26
Celtic Fest

September 11
Hay Creek

July 2-3
White Chimney’s

July 2-3
Museum Village

May 31
Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

April 11
Holy Cross Cemetery


November 21
Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 7
Mount Peace Cemetery

February 12
Lincoln Day Parade