Members of the 87th Pennsylvania reenactors group portray period Union soldiers. (submitted)
Posted by Scott Mingus
87th PA is subject of Sept. 21 York CWRT mtg.
Hello fellow Roundtable members and friends,
Fall is almost here. Kids have returned to school and some of us are looking forward to some cooler temperatures. Due to a meeting cancellation, we have rescheduled July’s speaker, Dominish Miller. The meeting will be Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm. We continue to hold hybrid meetings with the options to attend in person or watch virtually on Zoom or through Facebook Live on the York County History Center page. The doors at the History Center will open at 6:30. To register for the Zoom or in-person options, please use the following link to register:
Also, as a reminder, the last day to purchase raffle tickets for the Dale Gallon print and Stonewall Jackson bond is Tuesday, September 20th. Winners will be announced at the meeting. To enter the raffle, please use the following link:
Now, on to the exciting part of this newsletter, the preview of this month’s program. This month, we are pleased to welcome Dominish Miller as she presents:
87th PA: An Enduring Legacy in York County, Pennsylvania
The 87th PA was organized in York, Pennsylvania and mustered in for a three-year enlistment in September 1861. The 87th PA boasted several notable York County residents. During the war, the regiment aided in guarding the Northern Central Railway, and took part in the battles of the 1864 Overland Campaign.
In October 1864 their three-year enlistment expired. Those who had not re-enlisted returned to a grateful York to a celebratory feast given by the town at the Army Hospital at Penn Commons. The 200 remaining members of the regiment played an important role at the Battle of Cedar Creek. There, Corporal Daniel Reigle of Company F earned the regiment’s only Medal of Honor.
Today, the 87th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C is a family oriented, non-profit Civil War reenacting and living history organization. It is dedicated to the better understanding and preservation of the history of the American Civil War. I have been a member of the regiment group for over five years.
The 87th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company C, participates in major battle re-enactments and living history events, which are conducted for public education. The company also lends its support to the preservation of battlefields, monuments and historic sites of the Civil War.
Dominish Miller is the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Librarian for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the founder of Preserving the History of Newberrytown. She is the author of two cookbooks, “Preserving the History of Newberrytown: A Community Cookbook From the Cooks of Newberrytown, Pennsylvania,” 2021, volumes 1 and 2. Ms. Miller has partnered with local historian, Dr. Jamie Noerpel for a series of educational videos called “Hometown History: Jamie and Domi’s Yoco Backstory.” As a reenactor, she portrays a private in Company C of the 87th Regiment, PVI.
We hope to see you there and good luck to those who are participating in the raffle.
Scott E. Rosenau
Assistant Program Director
York Civil War Round Table