July 2, 1913 11:00 P.M.
Newspapers from across the United States are reporting on and editorializing about the Jubilee here at Gettysburg. Below are samplings from these newspapers during the past days since the encampment grounds opened:
The Washington Post on June 30th: “Every foot of the soil at Gettysburg is hallowed ground, made so by the blood of fallen heroes. While the present celebration will take account of this, it will be no gloomy gathering. The only tears will be those of joy, and the catch in the throat will be the half-checked sob that contains no note of unappeased regret.”
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin on June 30th: “To the everlasting honor of these veterans may it always be gratefully remembered that they who had most cause not to forgive have ever been the most magnanimous in forgiving.”
The Charleston News and Courier on July 1st: “We are holding a celebration, but we are not celebrating the battle. We are celebrating the valor of the men who faced without flinching a thing that was infernal. If we fail to make this distinction, the celebration at Gettysburg may do more harm than good.”
The Columbus Citizen on July 1st: “Few days in American history have been so big as this…You may search the world’s history in vain for such a spectacle…This is a day to thank God for, and remember. And any American is dull of soul and unworthy of citizenship if he does not feel his heart glow and his thoughts turn to Gettysburg with thanksgiving.”
The Atlanta Constitution today, July 2nd: “If the gentle and strong spirit of Lincoln could today revisit the field of Gettysburg he would see there a fulfillment of all his visions…The very idea of the Reunion itself, the merging of foe with friend on the field that was the Armageddon of the Civil War, has all the elements of drama on a huge scale.”
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.