I am Michael Dallas, Captain of the 150th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Companies "C" and "K" were mustered out of Diamond Park in Meadville during August of 1862. This reenacting Unit represents two of the four companies recruited from Crawford County over 150 years ago. Company "C" is best known as one of the famed "Bucktail Brigade" units and is what we portray for most living history presentations and reenactment events. Company "K" is known best for being President Lincoln's personal guards (they were not on duty the night the President was shot). We portray Company "K" during events in Washington D.C. and for other full dress occasions.
We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the American Civil War. Based out of Northwestern Pennsylvania, our reenacting unit was founded in Meadville in August of 1992. With over 75 military and civilian members, we strive for authenticity in our impressions, uniforms, equipment and encampments. Our goal and vision is to teach by doing, learn by researching and then apply that information to demonstrate life as they knew it in those difficult times. Through our living history encampments, parades, ceremonies and educational school talks; we hope that our presence and dedication to the community enhances our local history and hometown heroes.
We are an insured, primarily military reenacting unit with a focus on family participation. Our membership base is located throughout Pennsylvania; but we participate in many reenactments and living histories in New York, Ohio, Washington D.C., West Virginia, and Virginia. Our activities and community service has been quite diverse including educational programs at The Soldier's and Sailor's Home in Washington, D.C., Drake Well in Titusville, The Baldwin Reynolds House/Museum and The Meadville Public Library. Various parades, school presentations, and cemetery tours are also a few of our many local engagements. Some of our members have been in well known movies such as "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals". Recently, some were fortunate enough to be in a Christian based movie about the underground railroad during the Civil War. It is called "The Light of Freedom" and made a debut to theaters in September of 2013.
Over the past 20 years since the Unit was formed, we have replaced and installed missing and damaged cemetery markers for all Veterans in Crawford, Erie and parts of Mercer County. Our most recent endeavor is the preservation of The American Flag and Soldier monument located in Diamond Park, Meadville. Our regimental flag bearer, Sergeant Samuel Peiffer, was killed on McPherson's Farm at Gettysburg on July 1st 1863 along with the rest of the color bearers of the unit; this monument is dedicated to their valor and courage, and was erected in 1890. In January of 2012, we started the initial process of creating an annual event to help us accomplish the financial undertaking of this "monumental" task. Muster In The Park is the result of this planning session and is held on Labor Day weekend in Diamond Park to commemorate our local "boys in blue" and to serve as a community fundraiser for the project. To date, this project is almost complete and will be dedicated at the 2017 Labor Day event.
Please check out our 2017 schedule and stop by to introduce yourself. If you have any questions about becoming a Bucktail, or having us appear at an event of your own; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a contribution to the statue preservation fund, please click on the button below to make your donation.
Michael Dallas, Captain
150th Pennsylvania Bucktails
A Message From The Captain