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 - By John Reed Scott. I HE veterans of th Army of...
By John Reed Scott. I HE veterans of th Army of th I - Potomac and of th Army of , J Northern Virginia who return ' for the fiftieth anniversary of ; th battle will find little change in the ' town since they saw It In July. 1863 . that Is. assuming that they saw It at all during those three fierce days of 'strife and death. . - f , It haa Increased In 'sis and decreased m excitability. It has long -refused to become aroused over anything Incident to the battle It has ' been living with the incidents too long. Tt has been having reunions, celebration, controversies, processions, dedication, speeches, big and little and 'without number, for forty years. Privates. Lieutenants, Captains, Majors, Co'.oihIs. Generals. Governors, all look Uike to Gettysburg.' It has been sur- felted. Nothing less than a President . of the United States or a fire can ; cause it to become agitated with the ' odis In favor of the fir. . Hut for aQ its equanimity in matters -relating to the battle, Gettysburg, is mot hospitable' to the stranger, most courteous, - most thoughtfully kind. ; With a population of four thousand, the town, unaided, entertains at on . time two and three times tta popula- Hon and think nothing of it. Could ..New York, or Philadelphia, or Chl- cago, or Baltimore, or aay city In th . land do th same? I trow not. The celebration of this July, how-ver. is completely beyond It capacity and Its power. The town realises It; yet it will endeavor to provide food ..for all. and, with the aid of private . owellioga cf many of its citizens, lodging fur at least twenty thousand visitors. U may tall, but no on can vr truthfully aay that It did not strain , nwanfully to the task. The battlefield. tweaty-flv square , r-iiU l:i extent, over which 1S0.C00 ... uieo fuusht bc5 and forth during rthiwe r.ot July d;ys lUty yetiis ago. the Issue hung . trembling la HOW VETERANS Provision Has Celebration the balance, and the God of Blood .and Death ruled, ha become a National Military park. Nowhere in the world Is there Its equal. For over thirty year It baa been preserved, first by the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association a corporation of. the States having troop in th Army of the Potomac and later by th General Government. The position of every regiment haa been marked, until there are now over seven hundred monuments, erected by the various States or by the United States, coating from five hundred to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars apiece. Along the various battle lines thirty-two miles of wide avenues have been built under direction of the Government Commission. ' composed of Lieut. CoL John P. Nicholson. Major Charlea IL Richardson, and Major Gen. L. L. Lomax. Practically the entire field, haa passed Into the control of this commission during the last fifteen years, and it has gradually brought It back, at great cost and enormous labor, to Its wartime condition. 1 To-day the veteran standing on any of the huge observatories erected on commanding: locations can look down upon the wide sweep of country Just aa he saw It fifty years ago av for the absence of the two armies. The gleaming memorials of granite and bronse have replaced th line of Blue and Gray. It 'Is to this restored field. an4 to such a hospitable and. to . effect. - an unchanged town the town Itself Is In tho very midst of the battlefield that the. veterans are coming back, l-lifty year ago, young- and lusty, they tame to fight the crucial battle of the uar; to-day. . feebl aad aged, they

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 29 Jun 1913, Sun,
  3. Page 38

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