Gettysburg 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion

Gettysburg 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion

by Alan Simon

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BN ID: 2940151481168
Publisher: Alan Simon Books
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 216
File size: 679 KB

About the Author

Alan Simon is the 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. He is also the author of Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion about the 1913 "Great Reunion" that was held exactly 50 years after the Battle of Gettysburg and was attended by more than 50,000 aging Civil War veterans.

Alan 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 baseball Hall-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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Gettysburg, 1913: The Complete Novel of the Great Reunion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Charlayne More than 1 year 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.