|This April 7, 1963 photo, included in a wayside exhibit at Antietam, shows JFK|
at Burnside Bridge with acting Antietam superintendent Robert Lagemann.
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On April 7, 1963, seven months before he was assassinated in Dallas, President Kennedy flew by helicopter from nearby Camp David to visit the Antietam battlefield. JFK spent about 90 minutes there with a small party that included his brother, Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the senator's wife.
A remarkable, seven-minute silent film of Kennedy's visit --- posted on the JFK President Library site -- shows the president, in an open car, tour the battlefield without drawing a huge crowd. Visitors stood steps from Kennedy and his convertible as it heads down Cornfield Avenue. Before leaving, Kennedy and acting Antietam battlefield superintendent Robert Lagemann visited iconic Burnside Bridge, which wasn't closed to vehicular traffic until 1966.
The president, an avid student of history and a World War II veteran, had visited Gettysburg the previous Sunday with his wife, Jackie.
|Frame grab from 2:58 mark in video: Visitors shoot film of JFK's Antietam visit |
as his car moves down Cornfield Avenue.
|Frame grab from 3:03 mark of video: JFK examining wayside exhibit at Miller Cornfield.|
|Frame grab from 3:26 mark: While battlefield visitors stand steps away, |
acting Antietam superintendent Robert L. Lagemann explains action at Miller Cornfield.