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Reunion of the blue and the gray planned [History Matters]

By Louise Vest

12:05 PM EDT, April 17, 2013

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100 Years Ago

Civil War reunion

From a Times article headlined "The Blue and the Gray" —

"The fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg will be celebrated July 3rd and 4th and will be one of the most important celebrations of the 20th century as a reunion of the blue and the gray."

The story went on to invite those interested to sign up to join the anniversary Gettysburg encampment by June 1, 1913, with free privileges to all veterans. All honorably discharged veterans of the battle were invited. But the article noted that "no women or children will be admitted to the camp." Approximately 53,000 veterans would attend the 50th reunion held in Gettysburg that July.

There was also a 75th reunion of veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg held in 1938. When visiting the Gettysburg visitors center I always gravitated to the photo displayed there of that remarkable reunion featuring a group of bearded elderly gentlemen. They took soldiers a lot younger to fight in the Civil War, so a 15-year-old who served in the army for the North or South would be a mere 90 years old at the time of the battle's 75th reunion.

The average age of the veterans who attended the 75th was 94. President Roosevelt attended the ceremonies, where the Eternal Light Peace Memorial was unveiled.

75 Years Ago

Buttons 101

"The Jessup 4-H Club met at the home of Miss Catherine Albers in Howard County. Instruction on hand-worked button holes were given by Mrs. Georgia Linthicum, Anne Arundel County Home Demonstration Agent.

"Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Butler of Baltimore, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Butler.

"Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pickett, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Bohr, Frederick Fink, Jr. and Oscar Will attended the alumni meeting at Sykesville High School.

"Mrs. Robert Peddicord is visiting friends and relatives in Baltimore county.

"The cantata, 'Penitence, Pardon and Peace' sung by the choir of Grace Episcopal Church on the night of Good Friday was very beautifully sung and quite successful.

"Mrs. Mattie Todd of Baltimore spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Travers of Levering avenue.

Mrs. Frank Trotter and daughters visited Mrs. John Humphries recently."

Times ads: "For Sale — One acre of ground on macadamized road, 500 feet of Washington Boulevard at Elkridge. Fine building site. Reasonable. Phone Elkridge 42-J.

"For Sale — table gram scale, also portable scale with case, for diabetes; a B.D. Hypodermic Syringe. These are all in perfect condition. Hypodermic Needles, 27 gauge, never have been used. Will sacrifice lot for $10.00. Have also violin case , easel, some beginners music. Price for quick sale. $10.00 apply John H. Kraft."

50 years ago

Soph speaker

A photo caption in the Times: "Wins Contest: Gordon Phelps, a tenth grade student at Glenelg High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Phelps, Brookville, Maryland, was second place in the speech contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Ellicott City.

"At the Ellicott City Optimist Club's annual boys' Oratorical Contest held at Gaskin's Restaurant on Tuesday, April 16, Glenelg High School was represented by Gregory Greene and Gordon Phelps. The boys gave 4-5 minute speeches on the official subject, 'Youth Approach Toward World Forces.' "