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Civil War Veterans Reunion 1938: 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

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Channel: Life in the 1800s
Categories: Society / Culture   |   Social Science  
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The 1938 Gettysburg reunion was an encampment of American Civil War veterans on the Gettysburg Battlefield for the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The gathering included approximately 25 veterans of the battle[8]:72 with a further 1,359 Federal and 486 Confederate attendees[9] out of the 8,000 living veterans of the war.[10] The veterans averaged 94 years of age.[11] Transportation, quarters, and subsistence was federally funded for each veteran and their accompanying attendant.[12] If an attendant was needed it was provided.[1][13] President Franklin D. Roosevelt's July 3 reunion address preceded the unveiling of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial; a newsreel with part of the address was included in the Westinghouse Time Capsule for the 1939 New York World's Fair.

The reunion's support personnel included 19 officers and 250 enlisted men of the Pennsylvania National Guard, and there were 3,185 United States Army personnel in total.[14] A "regular army camp" that displayed modern weapons was east of the northward tracks of the Reading Railroad to the Gettysburg College buildings,[8]:645 while the Third Corps headquarters tent was south of Gettysburg near The Angle.[15] There were 548 police; from the Pennsylvania State Police and officers from New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh;[14] and a Gettysburg College building[16] was the "base hospital"[17] under the First Regular Army Medical Regiment.


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