001In 1865, more than 165,000 soldiers fought and tens of thousands died on the battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Many historians consider this the turning point of the Civil War.

Fifty years after the Battle of Gettysburg, another army invaded Gettysburg. It was the greatest reunion of Civil War veterans ever. The aging veterans were in the 70’s and 80’s, some in failing health, but if they could, they came to Gettysburg. Some of the veterans even walked for days to be able to attend the reunion.

More than 54,000 Civil War veterans plus tens of thousands of spectators, family, visitors and journalists descended on Gettysburg in 1913. The veterans stayed in a tent city on the battlefield as they remembered the great battle fought there.

No North, No South…: The Grand Reunion at the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg  is the story of the reunion and the Union and Confederate veterans who came together there to remember their service to country and celebrate renewed friendships. It contains more than 120 photographs from the 1913 Grand Reunion of the Battle of Gettysburg that will give you a sense of what it was like to be part of the greatest reunion of Civil War veterans that there ever was.

With all of the attention this year being given the 150th anniversary and the thousands of re-enactors who will attend, this is the story when battle anniversaries were still reunions of the veterans who fought in the Civil War.

No North, No South…: The Grand Reunion at the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg is available from Amazon and bookstores that can order from Ingram.

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