1913: American Civil War Veterans shake hands

“The 1913 Gettysburg reunion of 53,407 American Civil War veterans was for the Battle of Gettysburg’s 50th anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson’s July 4 reunion address summarized the spirit: “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 valour.”

- Wikipedia

Sources: Pennsylvania State Archives / Library of Congress via Command Posts

3 Responses

  1. RonFWNC

    Wonderful pictures, some of which I’ve never seen before.

    These reunions were regular occurences. I believe the last one was in 1938, the 75th anniversary. There also exists newsreel films of one of the last reunions. Terribly moving occasions; these men clearly understood the significance of the battle and and it’s lasting aftermath.

  2. Vladimir

    Wow, some time ago we were shooting movie about Gettysberg battle and now i see these pictures! Nice :)

  3. Marie

    If you haven’t seen Ken Burns’ great multi part documentary “The Civil War” it is really worth seeing. It has some “moving-picture”film footage of this 50th reunion, and some of the Southern vets were trying to recreate their running/ and “Rebel yell” as they’d run toward the enemy, famous for frightening the enemy…
    Of course, so many were by then so old, it wasn’t too great, but gave the idea, and if you’re a history buff like me, chills as well.

    Also in the film footage, so many of these old men were missing limbs…of course, Civil War era you “bit on a bullet” and they took off your arm or leg since no surgical reconstruction, no antibiotics, etc no other way to go.
    There is a small museum near where I live where there is a collection Civil War era bullets and you can actually see the bite marks from the surgeries they underwent!


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