“I had to show them a muster roll (Robbins) was on,” Sweet said.
He is the sole member of the group who is descended from someone who fought and was killed at Gettysburg.
The induction ceremony included the same ritual used back when the group was new in the 1880s.
Non-members usually are not allowed during that ceremony, but tradition was bent to allow Sweet’s family to attend.
“We will be forever grateful that we were able to witness such an amazing event,” Kristen Sweet said. “Maybe more young men who have an appreciation for history like Michael will research their own ancestry.”
She said her son may visit Gettysburg soon for the first time.
Sweet hopes to someday create a history club at the high school to help other young people get interested in history.