NEW CASTLE — Monument research leads to book
While researching the Battery B monument, re-enactor Keith Foote got so involved he wrote a book.
He expects it to be published this year.
“The title — ‘Mark the Lines of Your Weary Marches’ — comes from a speech by historic Battery B member Joseph Reed at the 10th annual reunion address,” Foote said.
Reed was a Lawrence County resident. His descendants include members of the Reed and Foster families of Enon Valley and Mount Jackson.
Foote’s book traces the movements of Battery B before and after the battle in Gettysburg. The experience, he said, enabled him to get to know people who he would never have met otherwise.
“Perfect strangers helped me with the research, pinpointing where the unit made camp, what they did, who they met.”
In addition to “serving” with “modern Battery B,” Foote is a member of a Victorian dance troupe that demonstrates ballroom dancing as actual Civil War-era Americans might have done.
“I don’t know which I enjoy more, the dancing or the soldiering,” he said.
Foote remains interested in Cooper’s Battery B of the First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, 14th Pennsylvania Reserves, 43rd Regiment.
Anyone who can share information about the unit or any of its members may contact him at (570) 975-5034 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org