“The Lost Gettysburg Address” at October Round Table

On Sunday, October 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will present historian David Dixon, who will speak on the lost Gettysburg address of Charles Anderson.

Charles Anderson was born to a family steeped in American history. His father was an aide-de-camp to Marquis de Lafayette during the Revolutionary War, his uncle was William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame, and his brother surrendered Fort Sumter. During the Civil War he served as colonel of Ohio’s 93rd Infantry, was wounded twice during the Battle of Stones River, and resigned his commission. 

Ascending to Lieutenant Governor of Ohio, Anderson gave a speech at Gettysburg, after Everett and Lincoln at the local Presbyterian Church. His 45-minute speech was well-received but forgotten compared to Everett’s 2-hour oratory and Lincoln’s historic comments. Decades later, when asked for a copy of his speech so it could be enshrined in Gettysburg, he could not find it. David Dixon began his extensive research when the lost address was discovered in 2015, in a cardboard box in Wyoming. 

Dixon earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California and his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts.  In addition to being featured on various radio programs and many Civil War Round Tables across the country, he has published numerous articles in scholarly journals magazines. 

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton’s Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit https://www.franklinscharge.org/the-round-table.