Skip to comments.The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913
Posted on 06/17/2011 3:29:43 PM PDT by BigReb555
Fifty years had passed since the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1st- 3rd, 1863.
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Fifty years had passed since the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1st- 3rd, 1863, when the Veterans of Blue and Gray braved the summer heat to meet again in Gettysburg.
America celebrated her 137th birthday, nearly a century ago, when .
From June 29 to July 4, 1913, 53,407 Confederate and Union Veterans of the War Between the States came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for a Reunion and encampment. Veterans came from 47 of the 48 states of the Union and the Chief Surgeon said of the event, quote Never before in the worlds history had so great a number of men advanced in years been assembled under field conditions unquote.
It was the largest combined reunion of War Between the States Veterans.
Do you know who Gen. Robert Edward Lee, Major Gen. George Edward Pickett and Major Gen. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain were? Are children still taught about these men and all those who met on the famous War Between the States battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania? Some call the Gettysburg Battlefield the most haunted place in America because so many thousands died on that fateful month of July 1863.
Comrades and friends, these splendid statues of marble and granite and bronze shall finally crumble to dust, and in the ages to come, will perhaps be forgotten, but the spirit that has called this great assembly of our people together, on this field, shall live forever. -----Dr. Nathaniel D. Cox at 1913 Gettysburg Reunion
The youngest Veteran was reported to be 61 and the oldest was 112 years young.
The United States and Confederate flags flew side by side at the Gettysburg soldiers reunion of honored men who had been enemies on the field of battle.
The State of Pennsylvania hosted the 1913 reunion at the insisting of state Governor John K. Tener. Tener also encouraged other states to arrange rail transportation for the participants. Down South in Dixie, the United Daughters of the Confederacy helped raise money for the transportation and uniforms for their Confederate Veterans.
The soldiers of Blue and Gray, Black and White, came with heads held high and full of war stories. It is written that the hosts did not count on Black Confederates attending the meeting and had no place to put them but the White Confederates made room for their Southern brothers. Black Union veterans also attended this event.
It is written that nearly 700,000 meals were served that included fried chicken, roast pork sandwiches, ice cream and Georgia watermelon. The temperature soared to 100 degrees and almost 10,000 veterans were treated for heat exhaustion and several hundred more were hospitalized. The United States Army was also present in support and its written that the old men loved the attention.
A highlight of the reunion was the Confederate Veterans walk on the path of Gen. George Picketts charge that was greeted, this time, by a handshake from the Union Veterans.
President Woodrow Wilson said about these men, Quote
These venerable men crowding here to this famous field have set us a great example of devotion and utter sacrifice. They were willing to die that the people might live. But their task is done. Their day in turned into evening. They look to us to perfect what they established. Their work is handed to us, to be done in another way but not in another spirit. Our day is not over; it is upon us in full tide unquote.
The War Between the States Sesquicentennial, 150th Anniversary, runs 2011 through 2015. The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans joins the nation in remembering this historic time in our nations history. See information at: http://www.150wbts.org/
There is a fantastic painting of Joshua Chamberlain, who died not long after this reunion, at Little Round Top in his suit in 1913 looking out at ghosts doing battle.
May God bless them in their final rest for upholding our sacred ideals.
Oh how they mowed them down. What a waste.
It is said that man changes history by war. I agree. How many potential leaders were killed in that battle.
One interesting fact which I am sure most people would never guess is that casualties were just about identical for both armies.
In fact the best sources show the Confederacy lost just a tad less than the Union.
And how many were brought about because of it? In Chapter 5 of CS Lewis's Screwtape Letters, the junior demon, Wormwood, writes his uncle with delight because war has broken out among men. His uncle cautions him to not be too elated, because, he advises, the struggles and deprivations of war, horrid though they are, also drive people towards God, and can bring about tremendous acts of self sacrifice, compassion and courage in the face of adversity and death.
Just an odd tidbit of info:
George Pickett’s wife “Sallie” attended that reunion with a date - a former UNION General. I did some research for a biographer of Pickett and he sent me to a woman’s house in Arlington VA - a relative of Sallie - she had letters etc back and forth with this General..It’s been 15 years so I can’t remember his name but he wasn’t well known.
Video 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, 1938. Footage of Confederate and Union veterans shaking hands over a stone wall. Rebels give a Rebel yell
Too bad those guys hadn't got in touch with Confederate big shot Howell Cobb who said:
"if slaves seem good soldiers, then our whole theory of slavery is wrong."
If you have a link to this painting, could you please provide it? I’d love to see it.
NavyCanDo (great name!): here is a link to a performance by the Author of “Ashokan Farewell” , Jay Ungar, recorded in a castle in Scotland on the BBC series “The Original Transatlantic Sessions”.
Jay describes a little how the tune came about and they then play what is arguably the most heart rending version one could find with a final scene of the Scottish hills outside. Jay wrote the tune in 1982 in reaction to the closing day of an annual Fiddle & Dance Camp that Jay and his wife ran in NY- and what he described as a deep sense of loss. It is a song that is new and yet seems to be ancient.
It features, on fiddles Jay Ungar, Aly Bain (Boys of the Lough), Mark O’Connor(child prodigy and virtuoso), Charlie McKerron, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Martyn Bennett, on bass Molly Mason. On guitar Russ Barenberg, with Cathal McConnell on flute and Phil Cunningham on piano accordion.
“During the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913, arrangements were made for a joint reunion of Union and Confederate veterans. The commission in charge of the event made sure they had enough accommodations for the black Union veterans, but were completely surprised when unexpected black Confederates arrived. The white Confederates immediately welcomed their old comrades, gave them one of their tents, and “saw to their every need”. Nearly every Confederate reunion included blacks that served with them, wearing the gray.”
Yes, there were more than a few Blacks who fought in the Confederate Army and Navy. But it is not PC to generally acknowledge such today.
“There are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate Army as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal troops and doing all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government. There were such soldiers at Manassas and they are probably still Negros in the Confederate Army”.......Frederick Douglas, Douglas Monthly, Sept 1861, PP/ 516
Read more here: http://www.scv-kirby-smith.org/Black%20Confederate.htm
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Well, I did a search and can’t find it. Oddly, another person asked “Answer.com” the same question, noting he had seen this painting, and there was no real answer. So I know it exists. But it apparently is not Troiani or Kunstler, two of the more famous Civil War artists.
Lincoln knew that given enough battles with equal or even higher Union losses the Union would still win the war. He called this: "the terrible arithmetic". The Confederate white population was less than 6 million. There were 22 million in the North. There was never really any doubt which side would win the war if the Union remained determined to keep fighting.