Why We Reenact the Civil War
The central reason we of the 69th Pa reenact is to honor the soldiers who fought with our Irish regiment in the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. We recognize that this bloody conflict was perhaps the most crucial period in our nation’s history and defined what our nation was to become ever since. Members of the 69th honor our regiment in many different ways. Like most reenactors we participate in the recreation of battles and in “Living History” events to educate visitors about the life of the Civil War Soldier and the role of the Irish-Amerians in the war. But we go beyond these activities in many ways. We locate the burial sites of the men who fought and where those sites are unmarked we place gravestones in a solemn ceremony connecting descendants and expressing their heritage. The 69th has a band which performs at events and in Irish pubs, raising the money to pay for the gravestones. Wee march in Parades such as the annual Philadelphia “Saint Patrick’s Day” Parade memorial Day Parades and the annual Remembrance Day Parade in Gettysburg. We travel to Civil War battle sites & we raise funds to save battlefield land from development.
|2nd Lieutenant||David O’Daniel|
|Quartermaster Sergeant||David Ashcroft|
|1st Sergeant||Austin L’Heureux|
|Color Sergeant||Alex Long|