Mar 21

At least four figures with Gettysburg connections are shown in this photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. The two Gettysburg connections featured in this post include First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Jack Valenti. In this photograph from left to right are: Malcolm “Mac” Kilduff (1927-2003), the Assistant White House Press Secretary (holding dictating machine); Federal District Judge Sarah T. Hughes (1896-1985); Jack Valenti (1921-2007) who was the public relations representative for Congressman Albert Thomas; Congressman Albert Thomas (1898-1966) (D-TX), Marie Fehmer (1937-) Secretary to Lyndon Johnson (standing behind Thomas); First Lady Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) who visited Gettysburg by herself in the early 1970s; Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry (1913-1980); President Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) who spoke at Gettysburg as Vice-President on Memorial Day, May 30, 1963; President Kennedy’s Secretary Evelyn Lincoln (1909-1995) (eyeglasses only visible above LBJ’s shoulder); Congressman Homer Thornberry (1909-1995) (D-TX) (in shadow, partially obscured by LBJ), Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman (1915-1984) (partially obscured by Thornberry), Secret Service Agent Lem Johns (partially obscured by Mrs. Kennedy), former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; Secretary to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Pamela Tunure (behind Congressman Jack Brooks); Congressman Jack Brooks (1922-) (D-TX); Deputy Director of the Peace Corps Bill Moyers (1934-) (mostly obscured by Congressman Brooks) This image, taken by White House photographer Cecil B. Stoughton on November 22, 1963 is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington, D.C., has many connections to Gettysburg and to the Gettysburg Campaign. There are many more connections than to only Robert E. Lee’s residence, and John F. Kennedy’s grave. Almost every row in the older sections have someone buried there who had a link to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the individuals connected to Gettysburg who are buried at Arlington.

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In today’s Arlington post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows the grave of Jack Valenti, and the site of the Aaron Sheely Farm near the Gettysburg Outlet Mall.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#88 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Video #89 was taken at the grave of Jack Valenti This map was created facing north at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday, March 18, 2011.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is the host for our series on Arlington National Cemetery. He is kneeling by the grave of Jack Valenti, who, following the Kennedy Assassination, was a Special Assistant to President Lyndon Johnson. The Arlington House is in the left background. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy are buried in the right background on the other side of the gray-colored wall. This view was taken facing west at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

In Video #89 (Videos #1 - #88 were shown in our previous Arlington posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows the grave of Jack Valenti. He mentions Valenti was a source for the story that the Gettysburg Eternal Light Peace Memorial was an inspiration, if not the inspiration for President Kennedy’s Grave at Arlington. This view was taken facing west at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

This map shows the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#88 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Video #89 is shown on the previous map in this post. Video #90 was taken at the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. Video #91 was taken at the site of the Aaron Sheely Farm near the Gettysburg Outlet Mall. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing in front of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial on Oak Hill. The flame is barely visible. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, March 18, 2011.

In Video #90 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing on Oak Hill near the Eternal Light Peace Memorial or Peace Light Monument. He explains how Jack Valenti took a tour of Gettysburg and told Licensed Battlefield Guide Bob Mullen that the idea for the eternal flame at Arlington came from this monument at Gettysburg. To see our previous post about Kennedy’s visit to Gettysburg, please click here. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 5:00 PM on on Friday, March 18, 2011.

President Kennedy’s Eternal Flame at Arlington National Cemetery. The stone for President John F. Kennedy is on the left. The stone for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is on the right. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

The staff of Army of the Potomac Provost Marshal Marsena R. Patrick in Culpeper, Virginia. From left to right is Captain James P. Kimball, Lieutenant John Vernou Bouvier, General Marsena R. Patrick, Captain William W. Beckwith (standing), Captain Lafayette Lyth (seated), and Captain Harry Clinton. Bouvier was the great grandfather of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He was born on March 25, 1843 in Philadelphia. He joined Company G of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry (3 months unit) as a Private in 1861. On April 28, 1862 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Company E of the 20th New York State Militia (also known as the 80th New York Infantry Regiment). At the Battle of Second Manassas, on August 29, 1862, while serving as aide-de-camp for Brigadier General Patrick, he was severely wounded and captured. He was shot through the body, the ball entered the left lung, passing out the back on the edge of the shoulder blade, leaving the lung almost useless for the remainder of his life. This view courtesy of the Library of Congress, was taken by Timothy O’Sullivan in September, 1863.

Rich Kohr is standing near one of the few remaining structures of the Aaron Sheely Farm. The foundation of the barn could have existed at the time of the Civil War. The Sheely Farm was the headquarters of Brigadier General Marsena R. Patrick’s Provost Guard during the Battle of Gettysburg. Patrick records that following Pickett’s Charge “I had my hands full with those that broke to the rear, but we succeeded in checking the disorder and organized a guard of Stragglers to keep nearly 2000 Prisoners all safe.” This view was taken facing east at approximately 5:00 PM on Friday, March 18, 2011.

In Video #91 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the site of the Aaron Sheely Farm near the Gettysburg Outlet Mall. This view was taken facing northwest to east at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, February 27, 2011.

The staff of Army of the Potomac Provost Marshal Marsena R. Patrick in Culpeper, Virginia. From left to right is Captain James P. Kimball, Lieutenant John Vernou Bouvier, General Marsena R. Patrick, Captain William W. Beckwith, Captain Lafayette Lyth, and Captain Harry Clinton. Bouvier would leave the service on October 5, 1863, possibly a couple of weeks after this photograph was taken. He married Caroline Ewing on October 27, 1864, and became a businessman and stockbroker. His son, John Vernou Bouvier Jr. (1865-1948), the First Lady’s grandfather, was born the next year. He was promoted by brevet, to the rank of Captain from March 13, 1865. One source states that John Vernou Bouvier (1843-1926) established the “family fortune” in real estate and shrewd investments. His wealth at it’s height was approximately $3 million when he died in 1926. This view courtesy of the Library of Congress, was taken by Timothy O’Sullivan in September, 1863.

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