FDR DEDICATED ETERNAL LIGHT OF PEACE AT GETTYSBURG 75 YEARS AGO TODAY
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt journeyed by train from Hyde Park, New York to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 75 years ago today, July 3, 1938, to participate in the dedication of the Eternal Light Peace Monument.
FDR spoke for 9 minutes and then lit the Eternal Light.*
"The issue which (Lincoln) restated on this spot 75 years ago will be the continuing issue before the nation....to preserve, under the changing conditions of each generation, a people's government for the people's good."*
*The Eternal Light is located on Oak Hill at the Gettysburg Battlefield. The event was part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Today, July 3, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg fought July 1-3, 1863.
Eternal Light Peace Monument
JFK Views Peace Monument
March 31, 1963
July 3, 2013
150TH ANNIVERSARY OF PICKETT'S CHARGE
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) On the 3rd day of battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 150 years ago today, General Robert E. Lee ordered 15,000 Confederate soldiers under General George Pickett** to charge up Cemetery Ridge and take the Union position.
Pickett's soldiers were Virginians who had not yet participated in the battle.
The charge ended in disaster for the Confederacy as Pickett's lines were torn apart by rifle and cannon fire as they crossed a mile of open ground.
General George E. Pickett
Confederate States of America
*George Edward Pickett (1825-1875), who would forever blame Lee for the failure of the charge and said: "That old man had my division slaughtered," was born in Richmond, Virginia to a prominent family. He graduated from West Point in 1846 and served in the Mexican War. After the Civil War, Pickett fled to Canada but returned to Norfolk, Virginia where he died at the age of 50.
July 3, 1863