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  •  of course they did. (1+ / 0-)
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    "Men coming from San Diego and Seattle spent 5 days and nights on the trains ONE WAY for a 7 day event. (Think this Reunion meant a lot to them?)"

    for most (if not all) of these men, the civil war was the seminal moment of their lives; it formed them as people. my guess is the same holds true for veterans of wwI and wwII, especially those who were in right at the start, and somehow managed to survive to the end. damn right they were going to make that reunion! it was probably the very last time they would ever see most of the men they served with, before they died.

    I have seen pictures of this event, and now know why so very few African-American veterans were there. that's pretty damn sad, really. what an opportunity squandered.

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