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September 20, 2017

David T. Dixon

The Lost
Gettysburg Address

!!! Note the New Meeting Room !!!
West Dining Room
(Just off the Main Cafeteria)
DeWitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

!!! Note the New Start Time !!!
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 pm

Bring some friends!
David T. Dixon makes his first appearance to the Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table with his presentation on 'The Lost Gettysburg Address'.  Edward Everett gave a long oration prior to President Lincoln's now famous speech.  But did you know a third man, Charles Anderson, also spoke at the Presbyterian Church later that afternoon, with Lincoln and Seward in attendance?  Mr. Dixon will introduce us to Charles Anderson and discuss how the three speeches should be viewed together to provide new insight to the day's events.
Ulysses S. Grant was given command of federal forces in southern Illinois and southeastern Missouri on August 21, 1861.

The Union Army of the Cumberland begins the Chickamauga Campaign on August 29, 1863.  Federal forces headed east for passes in Lookout Mountain, near the intersection of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.

On September 9, 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee writes Special Order No. 191.  The order outlines the plans to divide his army: General Stonewall Jackson would go to Harpers Ferry, Virginia; General James Longstreet would head north to Boonsboro, Maryland; and the main portion of Lee's army would march to Hagerstown, Maryland.  Copies of the order were made for each of Lee's commanders.  One copy was either discarded or accidentally dropped on the ground.  They were found four days later by a Union private and they were eventually given to Major General George McClellan, the commander of the Army of the Potomoc.

The first naval action of the Civil War occurred on September 13, 1861.  Union Lieutenant John Henry Russell entered the Confederate controlled Pensacola Harbor and destroys the privateer, 'Judah'.
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Civil War Notes
David T. Dixon, Author of,
'The Lost Gettysburg Address'