|President Kennedy flew to Sharpsburg, Md. by helicopter from nearby Camp David to visit the |
battlefield. This 1963 photo, now part of a wayside exhibit at Antietam, was shot at Burnside Bridge.
In this seven-minute, silent film of Kennedy's visit that is available on the JFK Presidential Library site, it's amazing to see the president, in an open car, tour the battlefield without drawing a huge crowd. It was a much, much different era. (Check out the car crossing Burnside Bridge at about the five-minute mark. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in 1966.) The president, a history buff, visited Gettysburg the previous Sunday with his wife, Jackie. There's a terrific account of JFK's Gettysburg stop on the outstanding Gettysburg Daily blog.