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Daily Video for June 25 – Grand Reunion of 1913


CIvil War Veterans 50th Anniversary Reunion

On June 25, 1913, Union and Confederate veterans begin arriving in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for what will become known as the Grand Reunion, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Held from June 29-July 4th, over 53,000 veterans of the Civil War were in attendance, most camping in “field conditions” as they had during the war 50 years earlier.

Marked by several events, including a visit from President Woodrow Wilson, and a re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge by original participants, this was the largest Civil War encampment since the end of hostilities, and the largest reunion of veterans ever.  25 years later, another reunion would be held on the same field, the last of its kind.

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