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“TO THE WHEATFIELD ONCE MORE…”

 

 

"To the stone wall boys!"

“To the stone wall boys!”

 

2 July, 2014…

There are many, many dates which mark an anniversary of some significant occurrence for a Civil War regiment…some stand out more than others, and for the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, the second day of July, the “second day” of the great battle of Gettysburg, was one that they would never forget…for some, like Josiah Mouck, Scott McDowell, William Lowry, John Long and John Walker, it would be their last day, dying for their country in George Rose’s Wheatfield…

To descendants, families and friends, like those of us in this Living History unit, it will always be a day of remembrance–a day that we can humbly say “those men went into that fight the first time under orders, as their duty…they went back into that fight under a plea for help–a request–and fought even harder than before, nearly becoming surrounded by the enemy in an attempt to save their comrades”…

So, on Saturday, 5 July, 2014, at 10 o’clock in the morning, the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Living History unit will march thru the Wheatfield once more, to surround the 62nd monument with family and friends, to make a few humble remarks, offer a salute, and place a “spray of golden wheat” to say “we have not forgotten–you have not suffered nor died in vain”…

62ND PVI--MONUMENT[blog]

 

Joining us their will be some of our friends thru history, representatives of the “Officers for the Union”, “Lincoln’s Generals” and “Confederation of Union Generals”…this year our special guest will be Mr. Ernest D. Spisak, author of the 62nd’s regimental history “Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Civil War Regiment”…

 

 

 

62ND PVI-SPISAK BOOK COVER[blog]

Mr. Spisak will also be signing copies and discussing his book at the Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast later that day, from 4-6 o’clock in the afternoon…you can also visit the 62nd’s encampment there and learn more about the regiment throughout the day, and join us as we also commemorate the 150th anniversary of the regiments mustering out, July, 1864…

To wrap up the evening, the “Officers for the Union” and friends will conduct a campfire program, a question and answer discussion, where visitors can pose their unanswered questions to a number of the finest Union officers, including John Fulton Reynolds and JNO Buford to name a few…this program begins at 6:30 pm…

"REYNOLDS"

“REYNOLDS”

"BUFORD"

“BUFORD”

 

 

 

 

So, bring your favorite blanket or chair, and come to the Lightner Farmhouse B&B, Route 97 South, just a half mile south of US 15…Dennis and Eileen Hoover will be glad to have you attend for the programs, all of which are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, with plenty of room to park close to the event.

Rather you are a Civil War enthusiast, a first timer to Gettysburg, or a descendant with a story of your own, July 1st, 2nd and 3rd should always be circled on your calendar–days in which the survival of our nation as the “United States of America” hung in the balance…

May God Bless.

 

62ND PVI--2014 EVENT FLYER

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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“HONORING”

3 June, 2014…                           

62ND PVI-JEFFERSON TRUITT[blog]

 

 

 

 

 

Of all the things that we can do as “living historians”, especially those of us who are also “descendants”, to honor those brave men who sacrificed so much–in many cases, their lives, is of the utmost importance…on this day, 3 June, 1864, while engaging the enemy at a place called Bethesda Church, as part of the Battle of Cold Harbor, many lives were lost in a very short period of time–one of those lives belonged to 2nd Lieutenant Jefferson Truitt…After being credited with saving the Regimental Colors at Malvern Hill, Lt. Truitt was killed serving his country, defending our Union. It is “only fitting and proper” that we honor him, and all those that fell that day. Jefferson Truitt is buried in the Cold Harbor National Cemetery.

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31 May, 2014…

"DAVID P. TRUITT- AT ATTENTION ONCE AGAIN"

“DAVID P. TRUITT-
AT ATTENTION ONCE AGAIN”

 

 

 

In honoring Corporal David P. Truitt, on a peaceful, sunny Saturday morning, eleven members of our Company gathered at his final resting place, Appleby Manor Cemetery, to reset his headstone, which after so many years, had settled severely into the earth…with so many “volunteers”, in a very short time the marker was once again standing straight and tall, as it should be, in honor of another of Colonel Black’s fine soldiers.

 

 

 

"62ND PVI- STILL VOLUNTEERING"

“62ND PVI-
STILL VOLUNTEERING”

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Posted by on June 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

“GETTYSBURG RAFFLE WINNERS”

5 September, 2012…

At approximately 4pm on Sunday, the 26th of August, the drawing was held to determine the two winners of the Gettysburg Raffle…to insure a fair drawing, a living historian from Old Bedford Village, with no affiliation to the 62nd PVI, was asked to draw two tickets from the box of entries…

The winner of the Lightner Farmhouse B&B/R.J.Gibson package is: Dave Cook, Ebensburg, PA

The winner of “The Wheatfield-Whirlpool of Death” print, by Larry A. Smail is: Dick and Jean Mathabel, New Kensington, PA

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS, AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED…WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

“GETTYSBURG RAFFLE 2012”

How would you like to win a stay at a beautiful Bed& Breakfast in Gettysburg?…or a beautifully framed and matted print of a civil war painting?…Well, you can…

The members of the 62nd PVI Living History family are conducting a fundraising raffle,for the purpose of supporting the continuation of Co.D,62nd PVI, as a valid Civil War Living History Unit, educating and entertaining, in honor of those brave men who originally wore “the Red Maltese Cross” and their families…

THE PRIZES: WINNER ONE

The first winning ticket holder will receive a gift certificate for: A two night stay for two in a queen room at “The Historic Lightner Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast”…the Hoover’s at the Lightner Farm will also provide you with a “Gettysburg Battlefield Auto Tour CD”,which will give you the opportunity to tour the battlefield in the comfort of your own vehicle**[Additional guests or upgrade to a suite will be at winners expense,and upon availability]**

First winner will also receive a certificate for a sitting with R.J.Gibson, world renowned Civil War photographer, at his Gettysburg studio, for a 5×7 “tintype” photograph…this is a great opportunity to have your image captured by Rob Gibson,who has done work on many civil war projects, documentaries, and motion pictures, and his work has been featured on PBS,the History Channel,to name a few…

WINNER TWO: The second winning ticket holder will win a beautifully framed and matted “150th Anniversary Print” of “The Wheatfield-Whirlpool of Death”, by artist Larry A. Smail… Taken from the original painting, which features the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, as they find themselves nearly surrounded in George Rose’s Wheatfield on July 2nd,1863, during the second day of fighting at Gettysburg…the “Anniversary Print” also features a hand-drawn red maltese cross, Corps badge of the 5thCorps, Army of the Potomac, drawn by the artist in the bottom border.

RAFFLE RULES:

1. Tickets will be sold for $2.00 per ticket, or 3 tickets for $5.00.

2.Winner of the Lightner Farm/Gibson Studio Package will receive gift certificates, and will be responsible for making reservations/arrangements at the Lightner Farmhouse B&B, and at R.J.Gibson’s Studio**[Co.D,62ndPVI is not responsible for availability of dates as chosen by the winner].**

3.Certificates must be used by August 30,2013.

4. All who purchase tickets are eligible to win, including members of the 62ndPVI and their families.

5.Drawing will be held on Sunday,August 26th,2012, at the 62ndPVI event with the “Confederation of Union Generals” at “Old Bedford Village”, Bedford,PA…Two tickets will be drawn,the first will be the winner of the Lightner Farm/Gibson Studio Package, and the second, will be the winner of the print…tickets will be drawn by someone outside of the unit in a public setting.

6.Winners need not be present,and will be notified by phone immediately following  the drawing.

7.Co.D,62ndPVI will also notify the Lightner Farmhouse B&B and R.J.Gibson’s Studio with the winners name.

8.All taxes,fees, and transportation expenses will be winners responsibility.

9. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

10.Void where prohibited.

11.All unsold tickets remain property of the 62ndPVI…1000 tickets were printed and available for the raffle.

If you would like information about where you can purchase tickets, contact:      Robert “Slim” Bowser at: 100yrs2L8@windstream.net or call 724-545-1330[home], or 724-664-6625[cell]…you can also request information thru the “Leave a comment” section at the top of this page…

Thank You for your support, and we hope to see you at an event soon!

GOOD LUCK!

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

“Then and Now”

Thanks to several good friends in the “civil war photography” business, R.J.”Rob” Gibson, who operates a “period” photography studio in Gettysburg, and Ronn Palm, who operates a museum filled with “original” tintypes and collectibles,also in Gettysburg, we are able to present a “then and now” view of the 62nd…

The first photos here are from Ronn’s collection, and are actual photos of the 62nd when they were still the 33rd Independant Regiment…this was a result of the state and federal government disagreeing on who would “commission” the officers…you will notice that the uniforms were all “sky blue”…they would receive the dark blue coats later on, and at one point would be issued “chausser” uniforms, in recognition of the regiments’ pursuit of excellance…

The second pair of tintypes were taken last July, at the Lightner Farmhouse in Gettysburg, by world-renowned photographer Rob Gibson…Rob brought his original camera, and “portable darkroom” into the field, and shot these two images for us…

One is of our entire “living history family”[or as many as we could get together at one time]…the other is a very special image, in that the seven “soldiers’ in the photo are all descendants of officers or soldiers–Veterans of the 62nd Regiment!

From left to right:

James Butler[as Corporal James Barrett,Co.D]; Walt SkrzypekIII[as John Warnick,Co.I]; James Johnson[as Absalom Stoner,Co.I];Gordon Sheaffer Jr.[as 2nd Lt.Jefferson Truitt,Co.D]; Joseph Rupp[as James Rankin,Co.E];Robert”Slim”Bowser[as 1st Sgt.Daniel Swigart,Co.D]; Frank “Den” Butler[as Corporal David Truitt,Co.D]…

The individual members, and the story of their ancestors, will appear soon on a “members” page…

Our thanks to Rob and Ronn for their contributions…of course, all copyright laws apply to these images…for more information about Rob’s studio and his achievements, Ronn’s museum and collection, and the Lightner Farmhouse, go to our “Friends & Facts” page.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

“HOMEFRONT”

“HOMEFRONT”.

via “HOMEFRONT”.

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized