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The Gettysburg Reunion of 1913
Canda Free Press ^ | July 3, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

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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America will celebrate her 235th birthday on July 4th!

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 world’s 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 soldier’s 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 it’s written that the old men loved the attention.

A highlight of the reunion was the Confederate Veterans walk on the path of Gen. George Pickett’s 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 nation’s history. See information at: http://www.150wbts.org/

1 posted on 07/03/2011 5:17:37 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555
My father loved the history of the Civil War, I think it started with the old man down the street from him who was a Civil War Veteran. He showed my father his old rifle which he kept in a trunk, which made him a huge hero to a little boy. That little boy became the only one of four brothers to join the military when older and serve in his war. Citizenship is contagious and while some never get it, whenever the old guys from any war walk with pride somebody gets it.
2 posted on 07/03/2011 5:26:48 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: BigReb555

I remember Civil War veterans dieing...I guess I AM getting old.


3 posted on 07/03/2011 5:27:47 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush
This caught me eye sometime back.

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

Wow.

4 posted on 07/03/2011 5:37:17 PM PDT by Palter (Celebrate diversity .22, .223, .25, 9mm, .32 .357, 10mm, .44, .45, .500)
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To: Palter
"Wow."

Exactly! :{)

5 posted on 07/03/2011 5:40:09 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: BigReb555

6 posted on 07/03/2011 5:40:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: nnn0jeh

ping to post 6


7 posted on 07/03/2011 5:45:08 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: BigReb555
General George Armstrong Custer hosted and funded this Monroe Michigan reunion of Kentucky Militiamen who fought in the battle of the River Raisin during the war of 1812. The photo was taken less than a year before Custer's ill fated trip west. Custer's father is to his right (our left).

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8 posted on 07/03/2011 5:47:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: BigReb555

9 posted on 07/03/2011 5:48:32 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik ("The trouble with internet quotations is you don't know if they are true"-Abraham Lincoln.)
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To: Palter

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.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 5:51:25 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: BigReb555
In a frame we have a 1889 Gettysburg reunion ribbon from my husbands great, great, grandfather. He was awarded the medal of honor for his actions at the battle of Waynesboro Va. Cocky little captain stole General Early's Bible, which we have to this day.
11 posted on 07/03/2011 5:51:59 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Palter; wardaddy; tet68; SLB

Wow indeed....


12 posted on 07/03/2011 5:55:03 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: BigReb555
According to Wiki: "Ten percent of all Northern males 20-45 years of age died, as did 30 percent of all Southern white males aged 18-40."
13 posted on 07/03/2011 5:56:39 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Ken H
The above numbers are for the entire Civil War, of course, not the Battle of Gettysburg.
14 posted on 07/03/2011 5:58:45 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Palter

The last remaining widow of a civil war veteran died just a few years ago.


15 posted on 07/03/2011 6:01:56 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: dog breath

44th Alabama Infantry Regiment and 11th Texas Cavalry bump.


16 posted on 07/03/2011 6:12:11 PM PDT by izzatzo (Palin2012, she's one of us.)
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To: Mr Rogers
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.

Same here except that three of my great-grandfathers were in it, one fought for the South.

17 posted on 07/03/2011 6:20:42 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Palter

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.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 6:26:47 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: BigReb555

Tip of a Hardee hat to the Black Hat Brigade. A great unit that was decimated on the first day at Gettysburg.


19 posted on 07/03/2011 6:33:42 PM PDT by doggieboy
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To: Mr Rogers

My grandfather (CSA) fought in the civil war, my father was born in 1886, I was born in 1939.


20 posted on 07/03/2011 6:34:51 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: gorush

I knew a man who knew a woman that met Lincoln. Both persons passed on, the man last year.


21 posted on 07/03/2011 6:36:14 PM PDT by TaMoDee (GO PACK GO to Super Bowl XLVI)
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To: BigReb555
Images of the 75th Reunion at Gettysburg, 1938
22 posted on 07/03/2011 6:37:51 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: gorush

I knew a man who knew a woman that met Lincoln. Both persons passed on, the man last year.


23 posted on 07/03/2011 6:38:37 PM PDT by TaMoDee (GO PACK GO to Super Bowl XLVI)
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To: cripplecreek

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...


24 posted on 07/03/2011 6:39:16 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: TaMoDee

We sometimes don’t appreciate the tenuousness of our liberty.


25 posted on 07/03/2011 6:42:06 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: iowamark

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.


26 posted on 07/03/2011 6:46:55 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Maine Mariner
The last remaining widow of a civil war veteran died just a few years ago.

Are you certain? She would have to be real danged old then.

27 posted on 07/03/2011 6:47:02 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: tflabo

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.


28 posted on 07/03/2011 6:53:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: doggieboy

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.


29 posted on 07/03/2011 6:58:19 PM PDT by Sea Parrot
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To: cyclotic

You do know that John Tyler died in 1862, right?


30 posted on 07/03/2011 6:58:49 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: tflabo

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.


31 posted on 07/03/2011 6:58:59 PM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: gorush

You are correct. Liberty has to won. Then it’s one long battle to hold that liberty. Keep up the fight.


32 posted on 07/03/2011 7:00:56 PM PDT by TaMoDee (GO PACK GO to Super Bowl XLVI)
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To: RebelBanker

Ping.


33 posted on 07/03/2011 7:03:34 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: Inyo-Mono; Mr Rogers

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.


34 posted on 07/03/2011 7:09:34 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: cyclotic

Maybe grandsons. He had fifteen children, the last of whom died in 1947.


35 posted on 07/03/2011 7:11:15 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: cyclotic

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.


36 posted on 07/03/2011 7:14:51 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: BigReb555

So, how many times are you going to post this story?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2736301/posts


37 posted on 07/03/2011 7:18:30 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: cyclotic

I just found this reference in Wikipedia: “As of March 2011, Tyler has two living grandsons through his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853–1935). 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?


38 posted on 07/03/2011 7:22:00 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: iowamark
Some Civil War veterans, not widows but actual veterans, lived into the 1950’s.

The last Union vet died in 1956.

Scroll halfway down the page and check out the cars at the guys funeral. I see a 1955 Chevy and a mid fifties Cadillac.

39 posted on 07/03/2011 7:24:34 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: doggieboy

As a past member of the Iron Brigade, I forward your salute!


40 posted on 07/03/2011 7:26:07 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Sea Parrot
"the Tar Heel’s chased them through the streets of Gettysburg."

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.

41 posted on 07/03/2011 7:26:07 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Support the troops. Every Friday night at Walter Reed.)
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To: tflabo

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.


42 posted on 07/03/2011 7:26:49 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: tflabo

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908934.html
Last Civil War widows


43 posted on 07/03/2011 7:29:52 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: FreeReign

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.


44 posted on 07/03/2011 7:32:53 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BigReb555

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.


45 posted on 07/03/2011 7:38:38 PM PDT by IMTOFT (At least I'm enjoying the ride...)
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Anniversary Of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address Today
11/19/1863 | A. Lincoln
Posted on 11/19/2001 1:35:22 AM PST by PaulJ
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/573864/posts


46 posted on 07/03/2011 7:38:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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47 posted on 07/03/2011 7:44:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: cyclotic
"At the age of 78, his wife bore a son."

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.

48 posted on 07/03/2011 7:49:07 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (I spent all my money on women & booze, the other rest I just plain blew.)
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To: passionfruit

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!


49 posted on 07/03/2011 7:54:06 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (Is there anyone that Obama won't toss under the bus?)
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50 posted on 07/03/2011 7:54:17 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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