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1913 Gettysburg Reunion of Blue and Gray
Huntington News ^ | June 14, 2013 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.

Posted on 06/15/2013 2:53:18 PM PDT by BigReb555

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America will celebrate her 237th birthday this year, and…..

The Sesquicentennial “150th Anniversary” of the War Between the States continues in remembrance of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson who died in May 1863 and the men of Blue and Gray who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg. The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans commemorates the memory of the Confederate soldier. Read more at: http://www.150wbts.org/

Fifty years had passed since the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1st- 3rd, 1863, when the Veterans of the North and South braved again the summer heat to meet at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

One hundred years have passed since….

President Woodrow Wilson, a son of Virginia, summarized the spirit of this historic event with his July 4, 1913 Gettysburg Reunion Address by saying: quote "We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valor.” unquote

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 are who met at Gettysburg in 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.

Let’s not forget!

1 posted on 06/15/2013 2:53:18 PM PDT by BigReb555
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To: BigReb555

Kewel ...


2 posted on 06/15/2013 3:04:14 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: BigReb555

President Woodrow Wilson...quote “...the quarrel forgotten”...

I’m guessing Wilson isn’t a Freeper!


3 posted on 06/15/2013 3:08:28 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 21twelve

http://photos.denverpost.com/2013/05/24/the-great-reunion-50th-anniversary-of-battle-of-gettysburg/

A link to another article with lots of old photos. That first photo makes me think the Boy Scouts should have been shut down YEARS ago for such dangerous and unsafe activities, with NO adult supervision even!


4 posted on 06/15/2013 3:13:29 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: BigReb555

5 posted on 06/15/2013 3:15:14 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

Amazing photo.


6 posted on 06/15/2013 3:17:57 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BigReb555

In before the America haters

LOL


7 posted on 06/15/2013 3:19:03 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: BigReb555

Love stuff like this. Very interesting. Of course, I’m waiting for the sourpuss who will lament that fistfights didn’t break out and chide the confederates for collaborating with the enemy.


8 posted on 06/15/2013 3:19:48 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: BigReb555

Also... it was 100 degrees??? Clearly global warming was getting an early start.


9 posted on 06/15/2013 3:22:28 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: BigReb555
Let’s not forget!

"The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here."


10 posted on 06/15/2013 3:25:40 PM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: BigReb555
The youngest Veteran was reported to be 61

Must have been a drummer boy.


11 posted on 06/15/2013 3:28:36 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: BigReb555

Thanks for posting this, I didn’t know about this event before so the vintage photos of it were wonderful to see. Some of those old fellas had beards longer than the ZZ Top boys.


12 posted on 06/15/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Southack

Old photographs like these are treasures. Note the epic beards, how people dressed for the occasion, and how the younger people in the background weren’t obese.


13 posted on 06/15/2013 3:30:01 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Vendome
The hero of Little Round Top


14 posted on 06/15/2013 3:37:55 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: BigReb555

Few things amuse me more than to hear advocates for the North declare the Confederacy a “foreign government,” and its followers traitors.

Few things are more home-grown than was the Confederacy.

If the Rebels were traitors, then more than one Union General should have been tried for treason for carrying on their friendships with former school- and unit-mates on the other side during the war.


15 posted on 06/15/2013 3:41:20 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: BigReb555

We were in Gettysburg last week for our second visit. We joined some of the walking tours with guides - I highly recommend them. Guide spots are very competitive, and the folks who get them really tell a wonderful tale. They are preparing for their 150th celebration which starts on June 30 with speakers and will include a (3-day?) reenactment of the battle.

I have been teaching my students the Gettysburg Address, looking at the battlefield maps, immersing them in this. It was too important to forget.


16 posted on 06/15/2013 3:51:22 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Benito Cereno

Who is it?


17 posted on 06/15/2013 3:54:57 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: bigdaddy45

YouTube has videos of the reunion.


18 posted on 06/15/2013 3:57:06 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain — 20th Maine.


19 posted on 06/15/2013 4:11:40 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: katana
Photo at 11 --

John Lincoln Clem (August 13, 1851 – May 13, 1937) was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history. He retired from the Army in 1915, having attained the rank of Brigadier General in the Quartermaster Corps. When advised he should retire, he requested to be allowed to remain on active duty until he became the last veteran of the Civil War still on duty in the Armed Forces. By special act of Congress on August 29, 1916, he was promoted to Major General one year after his retirement from the Army.

20 posted on 06/15/2013 4:12:29 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Southack
The navigation is a bit tricky on this site but the photographs are high quality.
21 posted on 06/15/2013 4:20:59 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: BigReb555

Shelby foote made a comment during his interviews for Burn’s civil war documentation about the response from the Union soldiers when the Confederate soldiers came out of the woods during the Pickets charge re-enactment. Shelby said there was a large gasp that came from the union troops


22 posted on 06/15/2013 4:22:49 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Thank you.


23 posted on 06/15/2013 4:34:10 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Benito Cereno
A couple complementary prints to that:




24 posted on 06/15/2013 4:35:58 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: BigReb555
I watched them Die, Blue and Gray....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMb9Uoi0d2M


25 posted on 06/15/2013 4:41:55 PM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: tanknetter

Even after surrender Sherman had to burn Atlanta to the ground!
Yankee ways and Yankee deeds never forgotten and still persist to the day! Never Forget!


26 posted on 06/15/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: South Dakota

Shelby Foote can be heard on one of the YouTube 50th anniversary videos. There was also an 75th anniversary meeting in 1938. But I’m sure you’re aware of all that.


27 posted on 06/15/2013 4:45:09 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Conserev1

Total war.


28 posted on 06/15/2013 4:46:18 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Conserev1; rockrr
"Never Forget?"

Democrats fought for slavery then and still do! Democrat Slavers ways and Democrat Slavers deeds never forgotten and still persist to the day!

29 posted on 06/15/2013 5:00:35 PM PDT by celmak
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To: BigReb555

Recordings of a rebel yell -

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/What-Did-the-Rebel-Yell-Sound-Like.html


30 posted on 06/15/2013 5:00:38 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: celmak

That the prob the Civil was not about Slavery it was about States rights! Slavery was a side issue!


31 posted on 06/15/2013 5:03:26 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: man_in_tx
"If the Rebels were traitors, then more than one Union General should have been tried for treason for carrying on their friendships with former school- and unit-mates on the other side during the war."

Kinda reminds me of today's North Eastern Republicans and Democrats getting along so well.

32 posted on 06/15/2013 5:06:03 PM PDT by celmak
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To: Conserev1; rockrr
"That the prob the Civil was not about Slavery it was about States rights! Slavery was a side issue!"

Not for the Rebel States.

33 posted on 06/15/2013 5:08:43 PM PDT by celmak
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To: Conserev1
That the prob the Civil was not about Slavery it was about States rights! Slavery was a side issue!

Many of the secession bills from the Confederate states specifically call out slavery as an issue driving their decision.

That isn't to say that slavery was THE issue. There really wasn't one single issue. The causes of the Civil War were many, and highly complex in nature, including not only slavery and states rights, but also economics, industrialization, trade, manifest destiny/expansion.

And there was a HUGE disconnect between the underlying motivations of the Southern power-class and the Southern manhood that made up the rank and file of the Confederate armies.

To try to peg the cause of the Civil War on one single issue (or just elevating one issue to a "first amongst equals" status) grossly oversimplifies (caters to the low-information voter, I suppose) and does a great disservice to both history and the memories of those who fought, bled and died on both sides of the matter.
34 posted on 06/15/2013 5:16:21 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: laplata

many moons ago we saw shelby foote speak (3rd row from the stage). the line i always remember was him talking about the influence of the war. “before 1861 the United States WERE, after 1865 the United States IS.”


35 posted on 06/15/2013 5:23:53 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government shoud fear us.)
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To: bravo whiskey

Neat! Thanks for sharing. Foote was one of the best.


36 posted on 06/15/2013 5:26:07 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: tanknetter

No one talks about the high tarrifs on cotton and goods perpetratrated by the North on sales of goods and then resold to Europe for profit!
The South was carrying the Nation on Items from food to textiles! The same as today but on an individual basis!
The Government is taking the working class to the cleaners!


37 posted on 06/15/2013 5:27:09 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: tanknetter

I still refer to it as the war of northern aggression.


38 posted on 06/15/2013 5:36:24 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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Or Second War of Independence.

We beat the tyranny of a powerful central government the first time.
We lost out to a powerful central government the second time.

I'm waiting for the tie-breaker.

39 posted on 06/15/2013 5:45:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: onedoug

Ping


40 posted on 06/15/2013 5:47:44 PM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: Conserev1
"That the prob the Civil was not about Slavery it was about States rights! Slavery was a side issue!"

You might find John Stuart Mill's The Contest In America, quite illuminating. It was written in 1862 in the wake of the Trent affair when the Brits had good cause to be pissed with the Union, and the Confederacy had good cause to be courting the Brits. It makes for an interesting account being written contemporaneous with the events in the states when the outcome of the war was anything but certain. Mill vigorously opposed England's siding with the CSA precisely because even at that time, he viewed the Confederacy's cause as being inextricably linked with slavery.

41 posted on 06/15/2013 5:56:39 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: BigReb555

Raising a glass in their honor.


42 posted on 06/15/2013 6:18:00 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Conserev1

I believe Sherman’s march on and destruction of Atlanta occurred in September 1864, after which he seized Savannah and presented it as a Christmas gift to President Lincoln. The surrender by General Lee occurred in April 1865. Sherman did in no way destroy Atlanta after the surrender. Not sure where you got this from.


43 posted on 06/15/2013 6:18:53 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: Benito Cereno

Wasn’t he in the movie “Dumb and Dumber”?


44 posted on 06/15/2013 6:23:42 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Conserev1

How unfair of the North to take the fruit of the labor of those hard-working slaves in the South and slap high tariffs on it.


45 posted on 06/15/2013 6:35:27 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: tenthirteen

Confederate General John Bell Hood made the decision to retreat from Atlanta, ordering all public buildings and possible assets to the Union Army destroyed. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, and on September 7, General Sherman ordered the city’s civilian population to evacuate. On November 11, 1864, in preparation of the Union Army’s march to Savannah, Sherman ordered Atlanta to be burned to the ground, sparing only the city’s churches and hospitals.[32]


46 posted on 06/15/2013 6:37:02 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

Even after surrender Sherman had to burn Atlanta to the ground!


Lee surrendered in early April, 1865. Atlanta burned months before that.


47 posted on 06/15/2013 6:44:01 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: drjimmy

And how unfair to sell those goods to Europe at a higher profit on the backs of those same slaves!
The North profited more from slavery than the South ever did!


48 posted on 06/15/2013 6:44:16 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: laplata

Read the post the City had surrendered!


49 posted on 06/15/2013 6:45:20 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Conserev1

Thank you.


50 posted on 06/15/2013 6:48:36 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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