After the Battle of Gettysburg, a Gold Moulded cylinder recorded by the Edison Military Band in 1902.

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered by many to be the most important engagement of the Civil War, when southern forces led by General Lee made a Northern invasion attempt. The Confederates defeat, coupled with the July 4th Fall of Vicksburg in Mississippi, helped turn the war’s bloody tide for good.

50 years later, veterans and supporters met at the battle site to commemorate the event. In fact, over 53,000 veterans showed, making it the largest ever Civil War veteran reunion. According to then Lieutenant Colonel A.E. Bradley, from the office of Chief Surgeon: “never before in the world’s history [had] so great a number of men so advanced in years been assembled under field conditions“.

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