Unit Meeting: January 26, 2019
This year's unit meeting was held in Mechanicsville, VA. Captain Sheldon Bell was unanimously elected to lead us again. In order of rank, the same individuals will remain in the positions as 2018: 1st Sgt James Whitehead, 2nd Sgt Gary Parisi, Ordinance Corporal Bob Bishop, Treasurer Katie Whitehead, and Secretary Michael Spencer Jr. As seen on the Home page, we have several events throughout Virginia, as well as West Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina this year.
Stability remains at this years Unit Meeting: January 25, 2014
This year's unit meeting was held again at The Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, VA. Captain Sheldon Bell will continue as the man to lead us into the coming campaign season. Richard decided to decline from running this year and is returning to the ranks as a private. Gary Parisi remains our 1st Sgt, with Brad Johnson as our 2nd Sgt. and company treasurer. Rob Powers continues his work as the unit scribe, while Corporal Bishop remains the steady ordinance officer. The schedule for 2014 can be viewed on the Home page of this site.
Changes at this years Unit Meeting: January 26, 2013
This year's unit meeting was held at The Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, VA. After three great years under the leadership of Captain Oates, the unit elected 1st Sgt Sheldon Bell as the man to lead us into the coming campaign season. Richard decided to decline from running this year and is returning to the ranks as a private. Gary Parisi moved up from 2nd to 1st Sgt, continuing his steady rise up the ranks. The new 2nd Sgt is now Brad Johnson, a long time member and also currently the company treasurer. Rob Powers continues his work as the unit scribe, while Corporal Bishop remains the steady ordinance officer. The schedule for 2013 can be viewed on the Home page of this site.
Another Year, Another Unit Meeting: January 23, 2010
The unit held the annual meeting, with a few officer changes this time around. With Captain Durvin declining to run for another year, 1st Sgt Richard Oates was elected to command the 53rd VA, Company H. The new 1st Sgt is Mike Spencer Sr., 2nd Sgt went to Mike Spencer Jr., and Gary Parisi became the new Corporal. Alvin Slaughter remains as the 53rd's very capable Ordinance Corporal, along with Secretary and Treasury duties still being in the capable hands of Mike Blevins and Cheryl Spencer, respectively. Thanks again to the Futrell's for providing the clubhouse in Carson, VA for the meeting. The schedule for 2010 can be viewed on the Home page of this site.
A short story of 1st LT. Andrew Broadus Anderson,
Company F of the 53rd Virginia. Information provided by his great, great grandson, Captain Steven Knott. October, 2009
My great, great grandfather, First Lieutenant Andrew Broadus Anderson,
served in Company F of the 53rd VA Infantry. He was acting company
commander during Pickett's Charge, and was severely wounded by a bullet
that entered below his left shoulder blade, passed through his torso, &
upon exiting removed part of his left bicep (he never regained full use
of the arm). He was assisted back to Seminary Ridge by two of his
soldiers. During the retreat, he was fortunate enough to be placed in a
wagon for the journey to Staunton, & then proceeded by rail to Richmond.
Last year, I placed a second marker on his grave (located in a family
cemetery in Halifax County) to record his Civil War service with the 53rd VA.
Also, I loaned his frock coat to the Gettysburg Visitor's Center Museum, where it is currently on display. This is his prewar VA Militia frock coat (69th VA Militia Regiment); he only wore this uniform in 1861, so it was not at Gettysburg.
Thanks for preserving the legacy of the 53rd VA Infantry.