Living Historians Heading to Gettysburg

By Stewardson, Michele | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 28, 2013 | Go to article overview

Living Historians Heading to Gettysburg


Stewardson, Michele, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


When David Delisi takes to the battlefield in Gettysburg over the long July 4th weekend, he won't be thinking of his accounting firm, Delisi, Keenan & Associates, missed cellphone messages or upcoming appointments.

Delisi, along with his son and daughter, are living historians -- part of a group of Civil War re-enactors of the 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Co. F who will travel to Gettysburg to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle there between Union and Confederate forces in July 1863.

"I'm a CPA, but I don't think about it when I'm there," said Delisi, a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

"I was in ROTC at IUP and I enjoyed going out in the field," said Delisi, a member of Westmoreland County Historical Society. "It's like when I was a kid, I played Army. This is like Army for adults."

The 11th PA Volunteer Infantry Co F fought in several major battles, including Gettysburg, Antietam in September 1862, Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864 in northern Virginia, the Siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and at the Battle Appomattox Court House, where Confederate States General Robert E. Lee surrendered in April 1865.

Reports state the battle began as the Confederate forces under Lee invaded Pennsylvania during the war's third year. Lee's Army from Northern Virginia was beaten back by the Union's Army of the Potomac, led by Gen. George Meade from Pennsylvania. Meade's troops beat back Pickett's Charge, an assault ordered by Lee, on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg. …

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