Great Reunion of July 1913


Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Civil War veterans arrive during the Great Reunion of July 1913, an event that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

July 1-3 marks the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. This key turning point in the American Civil War left more than 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead, wounded, or captured on Pennsylvania farmland. In 1913, on the 50th anniversary of the battle, the same fields played host to the largest-ever gathering of Civil War veterans, where former soldiers from both sides—many in their 70s—returned to commemorate the war.

Did you know?

A number of organizations will be featuring virtual tours, discussions,
special guests, and more to commemorate the 157th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Check out these resources for special content during July 1-3.


About Author

Jessica Dean

Born and raised in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Jessica and her husband, Troy, created Celebrate Gettysburg magazine in 2007. Before starting the publication, Jessica was the art director for Frederick Magazine, a successful regional publication based in Frederick, Maryland. She was the president for the AIGA Blue Ridge chapter and has won numerous awards for her graphic design. Always eager to give back to the community, Jessica has helped to promote many local activities and has volunteered her design services to a variety of regional nonprofit organizations. She lives in downtown Gettysburg with her family.

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