OCTOBER 11, 2017
SPEAKER: David T. Dixon
David Dixon, earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California and his M.A. in History from the University of Massachusetts. David has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines mostly focusing on black history and Union supporters in the Civil War South.
TOPIC: The Lost Gettysburg Address
Few remember Edward Everett’s oration that preceded Lincoln’s masterpiece, but hardly anyone is aware of Kentucky native Charles Anderson’s oration, which concluded the day’s events. The speech was never published and the lost manuscript only recently uncovered at a ranch in Wyoming.
The back story to this is the saga of Anderson himself, a slaveholder who sacrificed nearly everything to help Lincoln save the Union. An escapee from a Confederate prison in Texas, he became Lincoln’s emissary to Great Britain. He then nearly died commanding a Union regiment at Stones River. He helped defeat notorious Copperhead Clement Vallandigham and eventually became governor of Ohio. These are just some of his amazing adventures during the war.