LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gettysburg sesquicentennial speech lacking

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I was disappointed by the keynote speech given by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at Gettysburg, Pa. (“Battle of Gettysburg 150th anniversary: Hallowed ground swarmed by re-enactors,” Web, July 2). Ms. Goodwin was totally off the mark regarding that somber occasion. Not once did she mention the sacrifice and the hardships suffered by those men over the course of the three-day battle in 1863.

I had two ancestors who fought there, and one was seriously wounded on the first day. I think Ms. Goodwin’s rambling on about other subjects was ignorant and disrespectful. Typical case in point: She had to mention that she met her husband while working for President Lyndon B. Johnson. I don’t really care. She wrote an excellent book on Lincoln, but she seems to lack Lincoln’s intuition and compassion.


Brick Township, N.J.

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