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

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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4 Responses to Rediscovering the real-life Great Reunion

  1. Joseph Simertz says:

    Sir, I enjoyed your book. I knew of the great reunion, and the 1938 event as well. I made a motorcycle trip out for the 150th and followed the battle for 3 days on the correct parts of the field.
    I was lucky enough to stumble into some fellow Minnesotans who told me of an official state re dedication of the 1st Minn monument on the 2nd which I had not known about. I was honored to be there, and walk the hallowed ground. I did get a surprise that 300,000 other Americans thought of the 150th as I did. It was crowed.
    Thank You,
    Joseph Simertz

  2. Steven Levy says:

    Mr. Simon – I am a historical fiction/mystery fan so I have read many, many historical novels. I just finished Gettysburg, and I congratulate you on writing one of the best novels I have ever read. I am actually far more interested in World War I and World War II than the Civil War, but I was absolutely entranced by your book. I really felt as if I were there in 1913 with a glimpse into these wonderful characters (both fictional and non-fictional). Thank you for some great hours of reading.

    • Steven – thanks very much for the kind words about the novel. I very much appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts, and also I’m very happy that the passion (not to mention years of research and writing) I put into that novel came through. Re: your interest in WWII: I know this may come across as “shameless self-promotion” :-O but you might want to check out the trilogy (so far) I’ve written set on the WWII home front: The First Christmas of the War; Thanksgiving, 1942; and The First Christmas After the War. You can easily read the samples on amazon, B&N, or any other site to see if any of them sound interesting to you. As with Gettysburg, 1913, I’ve put years of research and writing/rewriting into each of those novels, and the 4th one is underway.

      Again, my sincere thanks for your thoughts about GB13. Alan

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