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The Lost Gettysburg Address: Talk and Book Signing by David Dixon
September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Special program and book-signing by David Dixon, author of The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey. The program will be held at 7pm in the court room of the Old Court House Civil War Museum, followed by the book-signing.
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.
David Dixon’s book, The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey, argues that the three featured speeches need to be viewed as a rhetorical ensemble to better understand the political context of the Gettysburg dedication.
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.