With over 53,000 veterans, family and friends as well as tens of thousands of visitors coming to Gettysburg, many vendors saw the opportunity to make a profit. These vendors would offer hundreds of different mementos to commemorate the 1913 reunion. Find below a few items either given to the veterans or purchased by those attending.
Veterans attending the 1913 reunion would often recieve a state medal to be worn during the reunion. Several examples are shown above. Top Left: Massachusetts, Top Right: Ohio, Lower Left: Rhode Island, Lower Right: Maine.
Many of these medals were very ornate and beautifully cast.
The State of New York Medal is one of the most common medals of the 1913 reunion as the state would provide over 400,000 troops during the Civil War. This example is still attached to the distribution card.
The State of Illinois provided its veterans a simple pin. There may have been a ribbon attached but this example does not have one.
This veteran wears the longer State of New Hampshire medal.
This is the type of New Hampshire State medal worn by the veteran in the photo above. This medal is one of the more rare medals as New Hampshire would offer less than 40,000 men during the Civil War.
A group of ribbons and pins sold to visitors at the 1913 reunion. The large ribbon on the left was owned by Civil War Veteran Abraham Gall, Private of Co. I, 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry that attended the 1913 reunion.
Feeding 53,000 veterans was a huge task. Upon arrival each veteran would be issued the require utensils.
The knife and fork used by veteran Abraham Gall at the reunion.
Hardtack was the staple of the Civil War soldier's diet. Made from flour and water these were issued to soldiers in the field. At the 1913 reunion the veterans were issued crackers made by the National Biscuit Company resembling hardtack. This example was saved by veteran Abraham Gall.
Above veterans take a cool drink from Spangler's Spring located at the lower hill of Culp's Hill.
The Philadelphia Press provided a small waxed fold up cup that could be carried by the veterans until needed. This example measures 2-3/4" in height.
Another reunion memento offered was a rolled embossed penny with the information of the reunion.
Bibles were also given to the veterans for use during the event.
During the reunion, old friends that fought together would reunite. Veterans of Carr's Brigade of Sickles 3rd Corps would be given the above pin.
This broadside was passed to veterans and visitors by the Jennie Wade Museum. It reminds them they will have purchased their souvenirs from the Wade Museum adding "historic value" to the items they would buy. This broadside was saved by veteran Abraham Gall during his visit.
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