Historical Society to present show

BURGETTSTOWN – The Fort Vance Historical Society will host a program, “The Life of Billy Yank: The Daily Life of a Union Soldier in the Civil War,” presented by Iron City Guards Jim DeAngelis and Chris Sedlak, at 1 p.m. May 11 at the Burgettstown Community Library located on Kerr St.

The program will examine what the average Union soldier endured during the Civil War, including what one would have worn, carried, loaded his rifle, fought, ate and slept. The difference between enlisted men’s and officers’ lives will be looked at, as well as the difference between the Civil War era and modern day.

The library also will showcase letters from area residents during the Civil War, with the display beginning May 1.

The Iron City Guards are a premiere, authentic living history artillery unit.

The Iron City Guards is a Civil War living history organization based in Pittsburgh. It was originally bark of the Ninth Pennsylvania Reserves Volunteer Infantry Co. A, founded in the early 1980s. In 2000, a group of approximately 20 historians began portraying the Ninth’s Co. C. with focus on historical research, exacting reproduction of uniforms and equipment and drill and military impressions in the field.

In 2005, the unit incorporated as the Iron City Guards, now a historical non-profit incorporation, and purchased a full scale 2,000-pound bronze Napoleon artillery piece and began a impression of the First Pennsylvania Reserves Light Artillery Battery G.

Battery G has been selected to be the host battery for the Gettysburg 150th Anniversary Encampment on the battlefield July 1-3 by the National Park Service.

Admission is free. Registration is requested.

For information, call (724) 947-9780.