On December 31st, 1913, Pennsylvania’s Fiftieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg Commission delivered an official report to Governor John K. Tener. While it might seem strange this early in the timeline of this blog to jump ahead to the end of 1913, nearly six months after the Great Reunion had concluded, I do so for one simple reason: the official report is THE DEFINITIVE RECORD of the origins, preparations, challenges…everything leading up to the Great Reunion and then what occurred during those late June and early July days back in 1913.
You can find the official Pennsylvania report in electronic form on the Internet – check out Google Books – or a hardcover copy from various used or antique bookstores. You’ll be captivated by the many pictures; facts and figures; transcriptions of the speeches given during the event; and much, much more. From the buildup to the event to the aftermath, it’s all in the official report for anyone interested in what transpired during the greatest of all Civil War reunions.