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Philip Roberdeau from New Orleans, a former Confederate officer who had resigned from West Point shortly before graduation because of the start of the Civil War; a one-time ally during Reconstruction of the controversial Confederate General James Longstreet; and who attended the much smaller 25th reunion of The Battle of Gettysburg back in 1888.


Edgar and Johnny Sullivan, brothers from Illinois who had been members of the Union Cavalry Division that arrived at Gettysburg the day before the battle began and, upon realizing that Robert E. Lee’s forces were gathering in strength, urgently prepared Union defenses. Years later, the Sullivans became allies of the Earp brothers in Tombstone and were first-hand witnesses to the evolution of Arizona from Old West days to the modern times of the early 20th century.


Ned Tomlinson, a Confederate veteran from North Carolina who lost his left leg during the ill-fated assault known ever since as Pickett’s Charge before being taken prisoner by the Yankees.


Devin McAteer, who was at Vicksburg with Ulysses Grant’s Army of the Tennessee rather than Gettysburg during those first days of July, 1863 and who stayed in the Union Army for another decade during Reconstruction. Devin reluctantly attends The Great Reunion because of the personal plea of his aging cousin Seamus despite feeling out of place because he hadn’t fought at Gettysburg.


Angus Findlay, now just past his 85th birthday but during the Battle of Gettysburg a dashing cavalry officer serving with the Army of Northern Virginia directly under the legendary J.E.B. Stuart…and who became a leading figure in Virginia politics during Reconstruction.


John K. Tener, the real-life Governor of Pennsylvania - born in County Tyrone, Ireland, only weeks after the Battle of Gettysburg - who was a former Major League baseball player (and also soon to be President of the National League, even while still serving as Governor) and under whose leadership The Great Reunion was planned and held.



Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

June 29 through July 4 of 1913: The Great Reunion

USA Today Bestselling Book

July 1-3, 1863: The famed Battle of Gettysburg turns the tide of the Civil War, but not before approximately 50,000 soldiers from both sides become casualties - 7,800 of them killed in battle - during those three terrible days of carnage.


June 29-July 4, 1913: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg, more than 50,000 Civil War Veterans ranging in age from 61 to more than 100 years old converge on the scene of that titanic battle half a century earlier in what was known as The Great Reunion.


Abraham Lincoln had incorrectly surmised in his famed Gettysburg Address that “the world will little note nor long remember what we say here” four months after the battle itself, but those very words could well be said about The Great Reunion that occurred half a century later. Though the 1913 gathering was a widely anticipated, momentous commemoration at the time, proclaimed by many to be an occasion of post-war healing unlike any other in human history, the grandest of all gatherings of Civil War veterans has been all but forgotten in the nearly 100 years since that occasion.


Until now.


Gettysburg, 1913: A Novel of the Great Reunion


Part II will be published in eBook format on July 1, 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of The Great Reunion as well as the 150th anniversary of the first day of that famous battle. Part III - the final installment - along with the paperback will be published on November 19th, 2013, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address and the first “Return to Gettysburg.”


Travel back in time to meet and spend the occasion of The Great Reunion with the following unforgettable characters (among others) in this meticulously researched tale:


Doctor Samuel Chambers, a young unmarried Philadelphia physician thrust into great responsibility as Pennsylvania’s chief planner of medical and aid facilities for more than 50,000 Civil War veterans averaging 70 years of age...all of whom will be spending the duration of The Great Reunion encamped in outdoor tents under temperatures expected to approach or even exceed 100 degrees.


Louisa May Sterling, a Gettysburg nurse and the young widow of a West Point-educated Army officer whose untimely death from typhoid left her alone with only her son Randall for companionship...but for whom The Great Reunion opens up an unexpected second chance at happiness.


Chester Morrison, a classic Gilded Age Titan of Industry from Philadelphia who decades earlier had been a green private facing battle for the first time at Gettysburg. The aging former Civil War Colonel copes with the recent loss of his beloved wife Sadie by deciding to attend The Great Reunion, determined to confront the terrible remembrances of that battle he has kept at bay for half a century.

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“Whom do I command? The ghostly hosts who fought

upon these battlefields long ago and are gone? These

gallant gentlemen stricken in years whose fighting days

are over, their glory won?”


-President Woodrow Wilson, addressing The Great Reunion

at Gettysburg on July 4, 1913