Lincoln's Gettysburg visit subject at Civil War Round Table

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

CHAMBERSBURG — The Cumberland Valley Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Franklin Street Fire Station, 70 N. Franklin St.

The meeting and program are both free and open to the public.

John J. Fitzpatrick Jr., Esq., a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and a United States Marine Corps veteran, will be this month's speaker. His presentation will provide  a unique look at President Lincoln's visit to Gettysburg on Nov. 18-19, 1863. Why did he come to Gettysburg to make only "a few appropriate remarks", accepting a secondary role during the dedication ceremony?

Fitzpatrick's remarks will provide a greater appreciation of the significance of Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address in light of the personal, political and policy pressures placed upon the president in the midst of war.