Who We Are-What We Do
Since 1999, a group of dedicated history loving people have spent their free time bringing history to life. We have created a family reenactment group to portray a brave regiment of soldiers.
We believe that the family of the original 71st PVI deserves our respect and honor. We portray them as original as possible and the time of the Civil War (1861-1865).
Whether you are a history buff, a curious spectator, or are considering reliving history, contact us and we will send you the information you need.
A Little bit of History
In the middle of May, 1861, hundreds of men, most from Philadelphia and New York City, found themselves training along the crowded streets of New York City. These boys were members of the California Regiment, a unit that had been organized in the first weeks following the surrender of Fort Sumter by Senator Edward Dickenson Baker of Oregon, close friend and political ally of Abraham Lincoln. Baker's men, among the troubled nation's first three-years troops, were in all respects average soldiers. Initially, neither New York nor Pennsylvania, but rather the national government, recognized the regiment. Indeed, its rolls were to be applied to the number of men to be called from the State of California. But in November 1861, after part of the regiment had been badly handled in the debacle at Ball's Bluff and Edward Baker had been killed, the Keystone State adopted the California Regiment, which was redesignated the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. Still, many of the men continued to refer to the regiment by its original name rather than its numerical appellation.
The Californians went on from Ball's Bluff to see heavy duty on the Virginia peninsula. At Antietam, the regiment would suffer its greatest loss of the war in the West Woods, making it part of Fox's Fighting 300. On December 13, elements of the regiment participated in the senseless assault of Rebel infantry deployed at the base of Marye's Heights at Fredericksburg. At the battle of Gettysburg, on the afternoon of July 3, they found themselves in the vortex of Robert Lee's attempt to storm the Federal line on Cemetary Ridge. Following this, the Californians saw action in all the campaigns of the Army of the Potomac until they mustered out in July 1864.
Lash, Gary G. "Duty Well Done" The History of Edward Baker's California Regiment, 2001.