9th Pennsylvania Reserves

Company A of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves
38th Pa. Volunteer Infantry
(the "Pittsburg Rifles")

A Civil War reenactment unit in the
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area

Brentwood Parade]
Brentwood Parade
Photo courtesy Richard Williams.

Since the early 1980s, the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves has been a living history reenactment unit portraying a Union infantry regiment of the American Civil War. The 9th is comprised of individuals who have a great interest in our Civil War and want to broaden their knowledge of soldier life through reenacting. Every effort is made to present a historically accurate impression, with uniforms and equipment mainly authentic reproductions. An integral part of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves is the Civilian Committee. Members participate in battle reenactments, parades, living history, honor guards, and other events which honor our American Heritage. Many members also enjoy speaking at local schools and to community groups to make history "come alive."

Recently the 9th and a Confederate living history reenacting group, 30th North Carolina Troops, located in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, affiliated with each other to "galvanize" at each other's events to promote comradeship in the hobby and a better understanding of the Civil War. The Ninth is also affiliated with a national organization known as Vincent's Brigade.

Living History at Carnegie Library
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Upon joining the 9th, a new member will be provided an informational packet which will outline recommended purchases, including equipment. Interested in an authentic Confederate military impression? Check with our comrades in the 30th NC about Confederate uniform and equipment. Veteran 9th members are available to provide additional advice. A brief, yet interesting, history of the original 9th is included in the packet.

The unit holds monthly meetings in the Pittsburgh area during the fall and winter seasons. Due to heavy campaigning in the spring and summer months, meetings are frequently held at events. New members receive military training both at meetings and at reenactment events.

Although we portray a well-drilled military organization, our focus is to have fun in reenacting. The 9th Pennsylvania Reserves provides an environment for developing camaraderie among its members, and many exciting experiences in the field.

The "Fighting Ninth" is looking for good men who want to share in this unique experience. Join up today for the experience of a lifetime!

Find out more about upcoming events by checking the most recent newsletters.

Please note that the Captain Thomas Espy Grand Army of the Republic Post #153 has been transferred to the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.


For further information write to 9th Pennsylvania Reserves, c/o 1887 Old Ramsey Rd., Monroeville, PA 15146.
URL: http://www.9thpareserves.org/ninth.htm
© December 2019