Rediscovering the real-life Great Reunion

If you’ve found this blog as a result of recently purchasing a copy of Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion, then welcome!

I wrote the majority of the entries in this blog during the period leading up to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg back in the first half of 2013. This period was also the time frame leading up to the 100th anniversary of the real-life Great Reunion. If you’ve never heard of the Great Reunion before finding this novel, you’re not alone. As I’ve written many times, this wondrous occasion was lauded at the time as “a celebration unparalleled in the history of the world” and “a ceremony that stands unmatched in all recorded time” – but the Great Reunion was all but forgotten in the century that followed that gathering.

While my novel was meticulously researched for more than a decade, and I stayed as faithful as possible to the timeline and tale of the Great Reunion in the book, the real-life tale of the Great Reunion is every bit as fascinating as the novel. So as you have time, I’m sure you will enjoy browsing through the entries in this blog at your leisure.

You might be particularly interested in the “time machine blogging” that I did during the actual 100th anniversary days of the Great Reunion, beginning June 29th, 2013 but which were “timestamped” from June 29th through July 4th of 1913…sort of a “you are there” perspective on what was happening at the time, as told by someone who might actually be reporting the occasion.

If you find the tale of the Great Reunion as fascinating as I have since I stumbled on the story more than 15 years ago, please feel free to comment on any blog entries, or to contact me at info@alansimonbooks.com.

And one final request: of all of my novels, the story of the Great Reunion held at Gettysburg in 1913 has been a passionate cause of mine. Please share this story with others so the wondrous and moving events of that century-ago occasion can live on.

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