A Tribute To Those Who Wore The Blue & The Gray



Let [us] be an example to the nations of the earth. . . that the deepest hate can be resolved into love and tolerance.” —Overton Minette, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (the leading Union veterans’ organization), Gettysburg, 1938 SmithsonianMag.com



Gettysburg Reunion

A Tribute To Civil War Soldiers North and South

These men have been long forgotten by most Americans, but they played an important role in our nation’s history. They were thrown into war against fellow countrymen, some by patriotic fervor to maintain the Union, others by passions of succession, desiring to be left alone to maintain a way of life of their choosing.

These were survivors of Battles (of the Civil War) at Antietam, Gettysburg, New Orleans, Shiloh, Fredericksburg, Chattanooga, Vicksburg and so many more killing fields and urban devastations across much of the southern Union. Sons white and black from families generations in the New World, others new immigrants from the reaches of Europe, Scandinavians, Scots, Irish, English, Germans, Swiss, Poles, Czechs, Hungarians, French, Italian. (America On The Eve Of The Civil War)

The images shown in the following videos were taken at parades, reunions and other patriotic events decades after the great War Between the States, some into the 1930’s. We are offered glimpses of fellow Americans in celebration of their commonality, putting aside to a great degree their desperate attempts as young men to end each other’s earthly sojourn, old hatreds and atrocities now clouded benevolently by the mists of time.


Further reading:

Civil War Veterans Come Alive in Audio and Video Recordings
The Smithsonian Institute
Deep in the collections of the Library of Congress are ghostly images and voices of Union and Confederate soldiers recalling the bloody battles of their youth
By Fergus M. Bordewich

The American Civil War – Smithsonian.com

Blue and Gray Magazine – Civil War Magazine



Going Home – A Tribute to the American Civil War Veterans
(Sung by Mary Fahl, Mark O’Conner)

Dedicated to the Men from both the North and the South who made their
way home after a long and brutal Civil War between brothers.

Those from the North came home to families who could not truly understand
the horror and the hardships and the great price of the war thay had just fought and won.

Those from the South came home to the destruction of their homes, enemy
occupation, burned cities, poverty and worse….shattered families

May they all find Peace!


Confederate Veterans Convention (1914 SILENT FILM)


What Did the Rebel Yell Sound Like?

In this exclusive clip from the 1930s, Confederate veterans step up to the mic and let out their version
of the fearsome rallying cry >> Click here >>


In memory and honor to the millions of fellow Americans who wore the Blue and Gray, and Silas C. Swallow, a Lieutenant and Methodist minister in the Union Army, the “Fighting Parson”.


SC Swallow on his horse in his early 80's, 1920's.

It was in September of this year [1862] that the sanguinary battle of Antietam occurred, and Governor Andrew G. Curtin called for State Defenders. Accompanied by my father, then paying me a brief visit, I drove into Sunbury (Pennsylvania) to bid adieu to a large number of young men parishioners, who were responding to the call. In answer to a challenge from my father I joined the company with him, leaving my horse hitched to a post near the depot with a note sent to a friend to turn him out to pasture. At Harrisburg I was elected First Lieutenant of Company E. of the 18th Regiment, Pa. Militia Emergency Volunteers, Col. Ralph L. McCay. –Silas Comfort Swallow, “III Score & X”, Or Selections Collections and Recollections Of Seventy Busy Years



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