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Eagle Scout: 1913

Eagle Scout: 1913

July 3, 1913. "Fun at camp." Boy Scouts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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What Fun

Those boys must have been having the time of their lives. It makes me wish I could do more in my little country town.

Best. Site. Ever.

That is all. A big fan of this site and all of its commenting commentators.

[Thank. You! - Dave]

Gettysburg scouts II

Couldn't let this go without verifying what I wrote above. Here is a National Park Service publication on the 50th anniversary.

In the pub. is this quote:

Several hundred members of the Boy Scouts of America served as escorts to the veterans during the encampment, acted as aides and messengers in the army hospitals, and acted as couriers for various officials

Better get back to work!

[Interesting, thanks. - Dave]

Gettysburg Scouts

I believe the scouts were there to act as escorts to the Civil War veterans who had gathered for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, many of whom were around 70 years of age. I seem to recall seeing another photograph showing that. Thank you for a tremendous site, and for your informed readers. The detective work done by them is remarkable.

Gettysburg Plus 50

I would guess this was taken at the 50th anniversary of the 3rd day at Gettysburg.

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