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    Union and Confederate soldiers gather around a cannon. Gettysburg 1913

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    Union and Confederate soldiers gather around a cannon, 1913 Gettysburg reunion

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    Photographs of the 1913 50th Gettysburg Anniversary

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A veteran takes a break in the shade. Many of the scheduled events involved dedications of memorials or low-key re-enactments of the charges and fighting of 50 years earlier. For others, the time was spent simply reminiscing.

All honourably discharged veterans were invited to the reunion, drawing more than 50,000 former members of the Grand Army of the Republic (the north) and the United Confederate Veterans (the south). Fifty years after the battle, many were in their 70s.

Here we present an historic photo of Civil War Veterans; Gettysburg Reunion: G.A.R. & U.C.V. It was taken in 1913 by Harris & Ewing.

Civil War Photo: Confederate Veterans, Gettysburg -1913

The Soldiers and Sailors of the Confederacy Memorial at Gettysburg battlefield, Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg reunion - 1913. Although they are shaking hands for the photo, you have to wonder how they really feel.

Battle of Gettsburg veterans. The picture was taken in 1913, at a reunion held on the battlefield. The man sitting on the rocks is a Confederate soldier, and the man standing is a Union soldier.

Rebel soldier. Veteran of the Confederacy at the Gettysburg reunion. 1913