Some of the last surviving veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg gathered for a reunion in Richmond in 1932, John Houston Thorpe among them. When Pickett's Charge was discussed, Thorpe reminded the other veterans of James Johnston Pettigrew's men, a number which included him. One man said that George Pickett got the name because his men got to the top of the hill and in amongst the Yankees, and Pettigrew's men didn't. Thorpe replied that Pickett's men only got to the top because Pettigrew's men shielded them with their bodies. He began to feel anger over this 69-year-old event, but checked himself and managed a laugh.