Offered is a very hard to find 1913 Indiana state ribbon worn by Union veterans from the state of Indiana who atteneded the 1913 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, held in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This hard to find ribbon is in crisp condition. The ribbon is approximately 9 inches by 2 1/4 inches.
The 1913 Gettysburg reunion
was a Gettysburg Battlefield encampment
of American Civil War
veterans for the Battle of Gettysburg
's 50th anniversary. The June 29–July 4 gathering of 53,407 veterans (~8,750 Confederate)
was the largest ever Civil War veteran reunion, and "never before in the world's history
[had] so great a number of men so advanced in years been assembled under field conditions
" (Chief Surgeon).:60
All honorably discharged veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic
and the United Confederate Veterans
were invited, and veterans from 46 of the 48 states attended
Nevada). Despite concerns "that there might be unpleasant differences, at least, between the blue and gray"
(as after England's War of the Roses
and the French Revolution
the peaceful reunion was repeatedly marked by events of Union–Confederate camaraderie.
President Woodrow Wilson
's July 4 reunion address summarized the spirit: "We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms, enemies no longer, generous friends rather, our battles long past, the quarrel forgotten—except that we shall not forget the splendid valor.