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This Month's Topic What: The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey
Who: David Dixon
When: Monday
September 11, 2017, at 6:45 p.m
Where: MCL Cafeteria - Township Line
(2370 West 86th Street)
Few remember that two famous orators shared the stage with Lincoln at the Gettysburg dedication. The day's concluding speech remained lost until recently, when it was found at a remote ranch in Wyoming. Forgotten too was the incredible true story of its author, Charles Anderson, Born on a Kentucky slave plantation, Anderson delivered a bold Union speech in San Antonio just weeks after Lincoln's election. Imprisoned by Confederate officers, he makes a daring escape, and arrives in New York a national hero. Anderson nearly lost his life in the battle of Stones River. Charles Anderson held steadfast to his convictions, remaining loyal to the Union at a time when nearly all Southerners favored secession.

David Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines. His short biography of U.S. and Confederate congressman Augustus R. Wright appeared in The Georgia Historical Quarterly in 2010. For the past several years, the author has been retracing Anderson's incredible odyssey through some of the most dramatic events of the period. He will be signing books and selling his book for $19 and two books for $29.


2017-2018 Program Schedule


Sept. 11, 2017 The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey David Dixon
Oct. 9, 2017 The Angel of Marye's Heights Anthony J. Ziebol
Nov. 13, 2017 The American Civil War and Religion David Garshaw
Dec. 11, 2017 The Kimberlins Go to War: A Union Family in Copperhead Country Mike Murphy
Jan. 8, 2018 Surveillance and Spies in the Civil War: Exposing Confederate Conspiracies in America's Heartland Stephen Towne
Feb. 12, 2018 Indianapolis and the War of the Rebellion Fred Schaefer
Mar. 12, 2018 58th Indiana and their role at Stone's River Kraig McNutt
Apr. 9, 2018 Cold Blooded Envenomation of 1861-65 Mark Laubacher
May 14, 2018 Above Us or Around Us: The Story and Men of the Bloody Eighth Jenny Thompson
June 11, 2018 On a Great Battlefield: The Making, Management, and Memory of Gettysburg National Military Park, 1933-2013 Jennifer Murray

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