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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.
The city of Vicksburg, Mississippi would not celebrate the Fourth of July, after it fell to Federal troops on July 4th, 1863, until 1945, almost eighty years later.

President Abraham Lincoln appoints General Henry W. Halleck as General-In-Chief on July 11, 1862 after holding the position himself for four months.

Four days of anti-draft riots began on July 13, 1863 in New York City.  Arson an the murder black by poor immigrant whites accompanied the riots.  At least 120 people, including children, were killed and property damage rose to two million dollars before Union soldiers, returning from Gettysburg, could help restore order.

The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry, was regiment of 'Negro troops' lead by Colonel Robert G. Shaw.  The lead an assault on the well defended Fort Wagner, in South Carolina, on July 18, 1863.  Shaw is killed and half of the 600 men in his regiment are killed, wounded, or captured.  For his bravery in the battle, Sergeant William H. Carney became the first African American to earn the medal of honor.
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Civil War Notes
David T. Dixon, Author of,
'The Lost Gettysburg Address'