Battle of Gettysburg and Lincon's Address As Personally Remembered:

Battle of Gettysburg and Lincon's Address As Personally Remembered:

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    Battle of Gettysburg and Lincon's Address As Personally Remembered:

    I ran into this site while looking through topics to do with the Civil War, since Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary is upon us.

    Apparently no old audio recordings of veterans of Gettysburg exist, but I found this one which I thought very interesting: it is memories of an old man - recorded in 1938, during Gettysburg's 75th Anniversary I believe - of his days as a 9 yr old who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg first hand and, a bit later, heard and saw Lincoln's Gettysburg's Address standing only 15' away from Lincoln ! His recorded memories conclude with his recall of Lincoln's assassination. It's longish but real living history, though the speaker is long dead. If interested:

    William V. Rathvon, a child eyewitness of the Gettysburg Address
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    Another interesting and moving bit of history is the Youtube video of a recording of the 1913 and 1938 reunion of Gettysburg veterans. Some of the old Confederate veterans do the " rebel yell", and veterans of both sides shake hands over the remnants of the stone wall that was the high water mark of the Confederacy.

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    Wow thats pretty cool.

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    I guess I'll look her up when I get there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once View Post
    I guess I'll look her up when I get there
    O you're going to the 150th Anniversary. I hear 200,000 will be joining you. Sounds like a great event! (By the way, who's the "her" you're going to look up?)

    Tell us about it when you return, by all means!

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    Renactment of Picket's Charge:

    Can't recall if it was part of the recording I posted or from another site. If the latter, a new and very moving story:

    One one of the early anniversaries of the Battle the Veterans of North and South were going to reenact Picket's Charge the way it was - pretending they were shooting, bayoneting their enemy. The Southern Veterans gave the rebel yell and charged the Union Veterans behind the stone fence - which was really where the Union troops were sheltered. At the charge of he Southern Vets, a general moan went up from the Northern Veterans and then en mass they jumped over the stone fence, not to attack but to embrace their Southern "comrades". They remembered how the young Southern troops had been torn apart when it really happened. They couldn't bear to reenact it again.

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    Another True and Moving Story:

    Slightly off-topic is this story I read a year ago somewhere, I think online. But the same period.

    Shortly after the surrender of the South after the Civil War, in the remains of the principal Church in Richmond Virginia, the Capitol of the former South, the remnants of the great Southern aristocracy gathered to celebrate Mass in the midst of defeat. At the Communion when church members would approach the altar to be given the wine and host, suddenly a lone black woman, just recently a slave and now freed, walked up the aisle and knelt at the altar rail. No one joined her. To those in the Church it was like suddenly seeing an animal assume human form. All were shocked, freezing in mid-motion including the minister who had been approaching the rail where parishioners would usually be kneeling awaiting communion. But only the black woman was there, kneeling by herself, alone. No one else knew what to do - it was cognitive dissonance among all. No one moved to join her but froze in confusion.

    After a long nerve-wracking, motionless time, an old white man in the first pew with long grey hair slowly stood up and walked as slow to where the black woman knelt alone, then painfully dropped to his knees right next to her. They both now awaited communion together.

    The old man was Robert E Lee.
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    Here is a clip from the old TV show, "I've Got a Secret". The elderly man (as a child) was a witness to Lincoln's assassination and was still alive in 1956, and appeared on this program. Very interesting.

    Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness (Feb 9, 1956) - YouTube

    What an era, they passed out "smokes" as part of the prize to the guests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppkheat View Post
    Here is a clip from the old TV show, "I've Got a Secret". The elderly man (as a child) was a witness to Lincoln's assassination and was still alive in 1956, and appeared on this program. Very interesting.

    Lincoln Assassination Eyewitness (Feb 9, 1956) - YouTube

    What an era, they passed out "smokes" as part of the prize to the guests.
    Yeah I saw that - smokers paradise.

    Too bad the old man was too old to really talk about his memories of the event. Still, fascinating now to see a personal witness to the Assassination!

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    I really wish I could have attended the anniversary events this year... Just can't afford the trip right now. Guess I'll have to make due with that episode of the Ken Burns documentary - which is a pretty good consolation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    I ran into this site while looking through topics to do with the Civil War, since Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary is upon us.

    Apparently no old audio recordings of veterans of Gettysburg exist, but I found this one which I thought very interesting: it is memories of an old man - recorded in 1938, during Gettysburg's 75th Anniversary I believe - of his days as a 9 yr old who witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg first hand and, a bit later, heard and saw Lincoln's Gettysburg's Address standing only 15' away from Lincoln ! His recorded memories conclude with his recall of Lincoln's assassination. It's longish but real living history, though the speaker is long dead. If interested:

    William V. Rathvon, a child eyewitness of the Gettysburg Address
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    Gratitude to the Past

    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Thank you for posting this.
    You're very welcome. I think to hear a voice intimately familiar with the great events of our country's past, here on the cusp of the 150th Anniversary of a holy one - is a very moving refresher from the trivia we live with today: millions of Facebook messages, Twitters about what each of 300,000,000 are doing every minute of the day, tech toys, the din of constant political commentary etc

    150yrs ago were the days of great men, transcendent ideals, dedication unto death to principles and sacred duties on the blood-soaked fields. They were the times of great Poetic Oratory, Language could move and inspire, The Word was King - not instant video, and constant chattering commentary.

    An exalted world it was, long passed - I'm afraid never to be seen again. The tape of this old man, caught up in memories of his 9th year watching Lincoln make History, and a few rare others like it, are our keyholes to peer, momentarily, into that past.

    Let us remember these 50,000 Veterans in the coming days; our country was forged into a single nation through the mixture of their blood in the earth, North And South boys lying forever together...

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