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Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion
     

Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion

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by Alan Simon
 

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A USA Today bestseller from the author of The First Christmas of the War and its sequels:

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 during those three terrible days of carnage.

June 29-July 4, 1913: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of

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A USA Today bestseller from the author of The First Christmas of the War and its sequels:

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 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 an occasion of healing that 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 at the time the 1913 gathering was a widely anticipated, momentous commemoration with 50,000 spectators joining the 50,000 veterans, 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: THE COMPLETE NOVEL OF THE GREAT REUNION (originally published as a 3-part serialized novel)
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Travel back in time to meet and spend the occasion of the Great Reunion with the following unforgettable characters 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 when she meets Samuel Chambers.

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.

Chester Morrison, a classic Gilded Age Titan of Industry (and recent widower) from Philadelphia who decades earlier had been a green private facing battle for the first time at Gettysburg.

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. Years later, the Sullivans became allies of the Earp brothers in Tombstone and were first-hand witnesses to the evolution of Arizona from the Old West to the early 20th century.

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

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 under whose leadership The Great Reunion was planned and held.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985754778
Publisher:
Alan Simon
Publication date:
12/03/2014
Pages:
406
Sales rank:
243,574
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Alan Simon is the USA TODAY bestselling author of several historical novels set in the mid-20th century: The First Christmas of the War; Thanksgiving, 1942; The First Christmas After the War; and Unfinished Business. His USA TODAY bestselling novel Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion pays tribute to that wondrous, real-life event attended by more than 50,000aging Civil War veterans fifty years after that epic battle.

He is also the author of the memoir Clemente: Memories of a Once-Young Fan - Four Birthdays, Three World Series, Two Holiday Steelers Games, and One Bar Mitzvah, published in honor and memory of the 40th anniversary of baseballHall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente's tragic loss on a humanitarian mission.

He is a native of Pittsburgh (where several of his novels are set) and currently lives in Phoenix.

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Charlayne 9 days ago
I picked up Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion by Alan Simon on a lark. I saw an ad for it and, since it was about a historical event that I wasn’t familiar with, I picked it up. Wow. The story takes place in the historic meeting of the veterans of the Civil War, most of them from the Battle of Gettysburg but every veteran was invited, no matter what side or what battle they fought in. While the author has the story take place around fictional people, there is a lot of very good research and the actual people who were there, the leaders, the famous, and the politicians. Fictionally, you have the story of Chester Morrison, who ran a major locomotive company after the war, who goes with his son to the reunion, hoping to put aside the demons that had haunted him from the war. And the Sullivans, who come from Tuscon after being in the union army, and having worked with Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Old Ned Tomlinson, who lost a leg at the battle, wants to go back to commemorate the battle, along with other Confederates. From New Orleans, former West Point student and Confederate soldier, Philip Roberdeau travels to the Great Reunion to remember the soldiers he served with. Another couple of soldiers of the Union side, the cousins Devin and Seamus McAteer reunite to travel to the reunion, even though they did not serve at Gettysburg, it’s a chance to meet others and maybe meet with others. And the doctor, Samuel Chambers, and a nurse, Louisa Sterling and her eight year old son, Randall fill out the younger story of the work to keep aged soldiers who were not in the best of health, alive in the 100 degree heat of the reunion. But the story is also the story of the major historical figures there, Governor Tenor, George S. Patton and even the arrival and swift departure (only an hour!) of President Woodrow Wilson. Author Alan Simon did years of research on this event and it shows in his absolutely stunning story. This is a book lovingly crafted with all the suspense, love, and valor you would expect from such an event. I read long into the night and mourned the fact I needed sleep because I had to put the book down. I did end up reading it in two days and now I need to go look up the reunion for myself and see the history and pictures.