“The 1913 Gettysburg reunion of American Civil War veterans was for the Battle of Gettysburg’s anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson’s July 4 reunion address summarized the spirit: “We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms,
Civil War Veterans and guests at the 1938 Gettysburg reunion event tent. Original unpublished photo from The Gettysburg Museum Of History Archives. - Visit to grab an amazing super hero shirt now on sale!
On April Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, effectively ending the war. Throughout the duration of the American Civil War, Union troops and Confederate troops were killed.
Edmund Ruffin - Virginia planter and slaveholder who in the 1850s was a political activist known as one of the Fire-Eaters. He advocated states' rights and justified slavery, arguing for secession years before the Civil War. Ruffin was credited as "firing the first shot of the war" at the Battle of Fort Sumter; he served as a Confederate soldier despite his advanced age. When the war ended in Southern defeat in 1865, he committed suicide rather than submit to "Yankee rule."
Image of Confederate Battle Flag Confederate Battle Flag captured at the Battle of Gettysburg WI