The years 1861 to 1865 were the most traumatic and tragic of our Nation's history. The War between the Northern and Southern States claimed 620,000 lives and seared the American mind and soul for a century thereafter.
The survivors of that terrible war wished that their sacrifices be remembered. And, as they marched with thinning ranks into a new century, the invention of motion-picture camera enabled technology to record their moving image, their faces and voices, allowing us to remember them as something more than a stilted pose, a bronze statue, or a name on a marble headstone.
This program contains newsreels and radio broadcasts that were recorded at the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, June 30–July 4, 1938. Almost 2,000 surviving veterans of the Blue and Gray gathered for a Final Reunion on that famous battlefield. Sharing memories mixed with laughter and tears, the old veterans prayed for "Peace Eternal in a Nation United."
Produced and Directed by William B. Styple
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