June 30, 1913 4:00 P.M.
Despite the best efforts of the Pennsylvania Commission, a shortage of tents and cots for the rush of attendees has occurred. Governor Tener’s office reports that they are doing everything within their power to procure additional tents and cots but many veterans have already left the encampment grounds and are making their way back home. The shortage seems to be affecting the Pennsylvania delegation the worst given the very large number of attendees from the Commonwealth. The Pittsburgh Press is reporting that many veterans from Pittsburgh and Western Pennsyvlania are among those without shelter.
Unofficial reports from sources in Governor Tener’s office and from the Pennsylvania Commission place the cause of the shortage on the funding stoppage from the Secretary of War last week that took several days to resolve via special appropriations from the Pennsylvania Assembly. However, it appears that the time lost during the final days of preparation for the celebration was crucial, not allowing enough time to complete all of the sleeping facilities needed.
The Secretary of War’s office had no comment on the matter.
Between June 29th and July 4th, 2013 our posts will come to us courtesy of the “blogging time machine” we have secretly and mysteriously sent a century into the past to the site of the Great Reunion at Gettysburg.