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The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey

Thursday, May 11, 2017: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   11/05/2017 18:00:00 11/05/2017 19:00:00 America/Anguilla The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey Thursday, May 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m. | David Dixon will discuss his latest book, "The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's Civil War Odyssey" The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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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 an anthropologist stumbled upon it in a cardboard box at a remote ranch in Wyoming. Forgotten too was the incredible true story of its author, Charles Anderson, a slave owner who risked everything to save the Union. We accompany Anderson on his exciting journey through some of the most dramatic events of the Civil War. Born on a Kentucky slave plantation, he struggles to reconcile a morally bankrupt slavery system that yet holds the nation together. Imagine yourself standing in the crowd as Anderson delivers 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 loses his life in the battle of Stones River. He is elected Lieutenant Governor of Ohio on a ticket that defeats exiled Copperhead Democrat Clement Vallandigham. Two years later, Anderson becomes Ohio’s governor. This is the inspiring tale of a true patriot. Charles Anderson had the courage to hold steadfast to his convictions, remaining loyal to the Union at a time when nearly all Southerners turned against their country.   David Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts. His articles appear in numerous scholarly journals and magazines. David Dixon hosts “B-List History,” a website celebrating obscure characters and their amazing stories.
The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey

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