Gettysburg, November 1963

Here’s a brief but interesting newsreel covering the commemoration of the centennial of the Gettysburg Address in November 1963.

President John F. Kennedy had been invited to speak at Gettysburg that day, but he decided instead to go to Texas to mend some political fences in anticipation of running for reelection in 1964.

(h/t Chuck Teague)

2 thoughts on “Gettysburg, November 1963

  1. Bob Nelson April 22, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    Kennedy had a problem in Texas in late 1963. His ratings in recent polls were lower than they had ever been and were steadily declining. Furthermore, LBJ, who once controlled the Democratic Party in Texas, had largely been replaced by John Connolly who was no great fan of Kennedy. I have always found it interesting that the two men were riding in the same limo in Dallas. In order to win in 1964, JFK needed Texas and the contributions of big Texas oilmen and businessmen.

    Few people know that JFK loved American history, especially Civil War history. Some have even described him as a Civil War buff. Fewer still know that JFK, Jackie (who was pregnant with Patrick who would be born prematurely and die a day or so later in August 1963), Caroline and a couple of friends drove up from Camp David to Gettysburg in March 1963 to visit the battlefield. Go here to see more about their visit including some great pictures, one especially of JFK and Jackie near what appears to be Alonzo Cushing’s gun position near the Copse of Trees. http://www.orwelltoday.com/lincolnjfkgettysburgvisit.shtml

    Go here to read Eisenhower’s speech in November 1963. http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/2013/11/the-lost-presidential-speech-made-at-the-gettysburg-address-anniversary/

    • John Foskett April 24, 2014 / 3:06 pm

      Bob: Good finds. I think that photo of JFK and Jackie is next to a 10 pounder Parrott on Little Round Top (Hazlett’s Battery D 5th US).

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