Artillery reenacting group to hold recruitment meeting

BOALSBURG – Battery B, 3rd Pennsylvania volunteers will hold a business and recruiting meeting on Monday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Battery B is a living history military unit located in Central Pennsylvania portraying a Union Civil War Artillery Battery. Their goal is to perform within the army regulations of 1861 – 1865.

Battery B was one of the 12 companies of the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. It entered service in 1862 and was discharged in 1865. It served initially as prison guards at Fort Delaware near Wilmington. They were then transferred to Fort Monroe at Hampton Roads, Va. While there they served as gunners on naval ships and the siege lines around Richmond.

The members, who are all volunteers, recreate the life of a Civil War Soldier by wearing his clothes, firing his weapons and reliving history. They do not wear original uniforms. There are very good reproductions available, besides, originals are just too valuable and fragile. Some members do fire original arms and some fire reproductions. We try to be as authentic as possible.

The unit does other things beside reenactments, like participating in parades, honor guards, dedications, anniversaries, or anything which honors and acknowledges their American Heritage.