Skip to comments.The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913
Posted on 07/03/2011 5:17:31 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/
I remember Civil War veterans dieing...I guess I AM getting old.
Some of the links between the two wars[Civil War and WWII] are quite charming and unexpected. For example, Henry Hap Arnold, the chief of the Air Corps in World War II, was decorating workers at a B-29 factory in Wichita in 1943, and the foreman introduced a woman in her 70s, saying, This is our best worker The woman was Helen Longstreet, widow of the Civil War solider James Longstreet. He had lived a long life and married a young woman. Consequently, you still had people serving in World War II who had those connections to the Civil War
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FWIW, my great grandfather fought in the Civil war - so just 3 generations back for me. However, he died long before I was born. My grandfather was born when my great grandfather was 50.
The last remaining widow of a civil war veteran died just a few years ago.
44th Alabama Infantry Regiment and 11th Texas Cavalry bump.
Same here except that three of my great-grandfathers were in it, one fought for the South.
Some Civil War veterans, not widows but actual veterans, lived into the 1950’s. Many Civil War era figures knew the Founding Fathers. Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived until 1832. Illustrates what a young nation we are.
Tip of a Hardee hat to the Black Hat Brigade. A great unit that was decimated on the first day at Gettysburg.
My grandfather (CSA) fought in the civil war, my father was born in 1886, I was born in 1939.