The Thing That's So Heart-Warming About the First Gettysburg Reenactment
Modern-day Civil War reenactments have nothing on the one held in 1913. Fifty years after the momentous Battle of Gettysburg, some 50,000 Confederate and Union veterans returned to the fields where they (or their brethren) had once been locked in mortal combat. The highlight was a reenactment of the disastrous Pickett's Charge. At the original event, more than 3,000 men died in a matter of minutes. But this time, instead of meeting one another with bayonets and artillery fire, the old men threw down their weapons and embraced one another. Warm fuzzies were said to be had by all.