Interview with Nicholas Katzenbach
QUESTION 11
INTERVIEWER:

OK LET'S STEP DOWN FOR JUST A MOMENT, JOHN.

Nicholas Katzenbach:

The Sunday of the riot at Old Miss and the day we're all in the Justice Department and it was at that point that Bobby Kennedy asked me if I would fly down and take charge of the federal forces, the marshals, down there, which I said I would do. My first assistant, a lawyer by the name of Harold Reese uh, was in the department on other business and he poked his head about noon or 1 o'clock into the Attorney Generals office as he was going home and, and uh just to say goodbye, and Bobby took a look him and he said Harold have you got anything important on this afternoon? And Harold said I know I don't why? He said well, I think you ought to go down to Old Miss. So Harold Reese went down there without even a toothbrush and uh, and uh, a few hours later was in the middle of a riot.