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.
I knew a man who knew a woman that met Lincoln. Both persons passed on, the man last year.
I knew a man who knew a woman that met Lincoln. Both persons passed on, the man last year.
THey all had much harder lives than we do. You can see it on their faces. No gay marriage crap back in their time however...
We sometimes don’t appreciate the tenuousness of our liberty.
We are young. John Tyler was the tenth President of the United States from 1841-1845. At the age of 78, his wife bore a son. Two of his sons are still alive.
Are you certain? She would have to be real danged old then.
Yeah, I can see at least 5 canes in that photo and I’m sure there are more.
I’m also struck by the desire for reconciliation that existed in both the north and the south so soon after the war. For Lee’s part, he said he surrendered as much to Lincoln’s goodness as he did to Grant’s armies.
Unfortunately there were plenty in Washington who sought revenge for Lincoln’s assassination and that was the worst possible thing.
IIRC, they were also known as the Iron Brigade, some very tough men from , Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. I think July 1, 1863, was the one and only time they ever fled on the field of battle. When after a bloody fight, the Tar Heel’s chased them through the streets of Gettysburg.
You do know that John Tyler died in 1862, right?
Alberta Martin dies in May 2004. She was given a full Confederate military funeral. She married at a very young age to a very old veteran. He had a pension.
You are correct. Liberty has to won. Then it’s one long battle to hold that liberty. Keep up the fight.
One of my wife’s great grandfathers survived Andersonville. We’re in our low 50’s—she is the youngest of the youngest of the youngest.
For me, though, it is four generations removed, with at least two of my double-greats in the GAR.
Maybe grandsons. He had fifteen children, the last of whom died in 1947.
You might want to check your facts. President John Tyler died in 1862. Assuming his wife was pregnant with the boys when he died, those boys would be 148 today.
So, how many times are you going to post this story?
I just found this reference in Wikipedia: “As of March 2011, Tyler has two living grandsons through his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler (18531935). Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Jr., was born in 1924, and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928. Harrison Tyler maintains the family home, “Sherwood Forest.”
Perhaps you meant that he has two living grandsons?
The last Union vet died in 1956.
As a past member of the Iron Brigade, I forward your salute!
Yep, they were retreating past the Seminary on their way to Little Roundtop where they would have the high ground.
BTW, 6/15/39 here you old fart.
Positive-they actually made a movie about her. “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All”. Donald Sutherland was one of the stars, Diane Lane was the other. It was made in 1994. From what I remember about the story was this: sometime in early 1900’s a young woman about 17 or 18 years old married a former confederate soldier who was in his 70’s. I don’t know how long they were married, I think he dies in the 1920’s but she lived until sometime in the 1990’s. And yes she was very old when she died.
Last Civil War widows
Pretty amazing. Civil War veterans lived to see several generations of motor vehicles and airplanes. WWI veterans have lived to see personal computers and iPhones.
My great-great-grandfather fought in the 95th PA. They were held in reserve at Gettysburg and didn’t enter the battlefield. He joined in 1861 at age 16, was wounded at Spotsylvania, and was at Appomattox. He died in 1924. We recently took the family to Gettysburg as my oldest just graduated college at a nearby school - that is certainly hollowed ground.
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If that were the case, I suspect that modern DNA testing would point to the stable hand.
At the age of 78, I would suggest that he was shooting a charge with out a minie ball loaded.
Nope, you are missing a generation.
He had a son very, very late in life. That son had children very, very late in life. That would have them having children in the 20’s or so. Not unusual, except for the ages of the daddys!
Bravo for them!
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