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Don Warner, 87th PA living historians (Submitted)

87th PA Living Historians Release 2020 Schedule of Events

Members of the 87th Pennsylvania reenactors group portray period Union soldiers. (submitted)

The 87th Pennsylvania was the most famous regiment from York County during the American Civil War. its ranks included a few companies from neighboring Adams County but most of the officers and men were local to this county. The 87th first saw action at the Second Battle of Winchester in the summer of 1863 during the Gettysburg Campaign when many of their men fell prisoner after the disaster at Carter’s Woods (read all about it here). After regrouping and bolstering their ranks with fresh recruits, the 87th battled the Confederates at Monocacy in 1864 near Frederick, Maryland. They spent considerable time in Northern Virginia, seeing action in the Overland Campaign, the Siege of Petersburg, and other engagements.

Company C, 87th Pennsylvania is a local living history organization with a proud tradition of honoring the memories of the long-ago 87th through battlefield history camps and presentations, parades, memorial services at veterans’ graves, and other events. Have you ever wanted to be a Civil War reenactor or living historian?

Here’s your chance!


87th PA Vol. Inf. Co. C 2020 Proposed Event Schedule

March 14: York St. Patrick’s Day Parade (87th event) March 28: Company Drill, John Rudy County Park (87th event)

April 18-19: Skirmish/Brigade Drill, Daniel Lady Farm (FVB event)

May 2-3: Carroll County Farm Museum Reenactment, Westminster MD (Individual company event) May 16-17: 156th Battle of New Market Reenactment, New Market VA (FVB MAX EFFORT EVENT) May 16-17: Monocacy NPS Black Powder Training, Frederick MD (87th event) May 25: Memorial Day Ceremony, Zion Cemetery, Columbia PA (87th event) May 30-31: National Civil War Museum Living History, Harrisburg, PA (87th event)

June 6-7: Brigade Campaigner-Style Living History, National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg PA (FVB event) June 13-14: Pry House Living History, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD (87th event) June 27-28: Gettysburg Heritage Center Living History, Gettysburg PA (87th event)

July 4-5: 157th Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment, Daniel Lady Farm, Gettysburg PA (FVB MAX EFFORT EVENT) July 19: Ma & Pa Railroad Historical Society Living History at Muddy Creek Forks, Airville PA (87TH event) July 25-26: Gettysburg Heritage Center Living History, Gettysburg PA (87th event)

August 1-2: Society of Civil War Surgeons Living History, PA Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park (87th event) August 8-9: Ft. Delaware Living History, Delaware City, DE (87th event)

September 12-13: PA Monument Living History, Gettysburg National Military Park (87th event)

October 17-18: 156th Battle of Cedar Creek Reenactment, Middletown, VA (FVB MAX EFFORT EVENT)

November 21: Remembrance Day, Gettysburg PA (FVB MAX EFFORT EVENT)