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Pictures taken July 1, 2, 3, 4 1938 during the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

 

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Veterans of the Civil War were as eager to remind their contemporaries and inform the next generation of their struggles and sacrifices as were the American citizens to hear of their heroic exploits.  Across the country, blue and gray survivors were honored with reunions and parades.  This parade is from a 1937 short film entitled "The Blue and the Gray."
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In honor of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the great battles of all history, the Federal Government and the state of Pennsylvania sponsored a 75th reunion in 1938.  This is the beginning of a 1938 Newsreel broadcast.  About 2,000 surviving veterans of the blue and the gray made the pilgrimage to a final reunion on the Gettysburg Battlefield. 
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Veterans of the Northern and Southern armies met again at Gettysburg for a grand celebration.
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With an average age of 94, the venerable soldiers of the War Between the States came from all points of the country in a peaceful reunion and a final tribute to all the grand old warriors who wore the blue and the gray.
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During the Battle of Gettysburg, huge armies concentrated for a decisive battle.  Now the old soldiers converged in a vast sea of tent encampments.
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Each of the elderly gentleman was assigned an attendant responsible for their comfort and care.  The two opposing armies assembled in peace in order to commemorate peace.  Foe had become friend.  Now they were not northern or southern, they were Americans.

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Union soldiers had fought for one country - forever. Southerners had fought for their states sovereign rights.

 

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