National Affairs: Gettysburg Address

The White House is not a home, but the Gettysburg farm, 81 miles away, more than fills the bill. Spreading below Seminary Ridge, steeped in the spent passion of a great battle, the farm's 496 acres are a haven where Dwight Eisenhower can peacefully convalesce only 25 minutes by air from the capital.

From the Gettysburg post office, Ike will direct the affairs (though not the panoply) of state—but he will spend as much time alone on the farm as he can. There, aside from watchful Secret Service men, only Mamie, Master Sergeant John Moaney (Ike's valet) and Mrs. Moaney will...

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