San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting
Thursday 21st January 2016
at the United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco
The meeting commenced at 6:45pm with the Pledge of Allegiance, led
by Bruce Castleman.
President Doyle reminded members of the upcoming Civil War Days at
Fort Point on January 30th.
Returning member Carol
Fleming, whose play about the
First Battle of Bull Run will be
presented at the Presidio this
Summer, introduced her guest,
singer/actor Noah Griffin.
Visiting author David Dixon presented "The
Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson's
Civil War Odyssey" based on his recent book
of the same name.
David explained why Anderson, a slave
owner, sacrificed nearly everything to help
save the Union and how he ended up sharing
the spotlight with Lincoln at Gettysburg in
November 1863. He gave one of the two
principal speeches that bookended Lincoln’s
masterpiece, then the speech itself was lost for
150 years and uncovered at a remote ranch in
Anderson’s colorful history included a series of dramatic escapes from a
Civil War prison in Texas, a close brush with death, commanding a Union
regiment at the Battle of Stones River, defeating notorious Copperhead
Clement Vallandigham in the Ohio gubernatorial race, then becoming Ohio’s
David's easy-going style captivated the audience as the story of this little-
known Civil War character and the discovery of his lost address at
Gettysburg unfolded. A spirited discussion followed.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that February's speaker would be
Chris Webber on the topic of Lincoln's Cooper Union speech.
The meeting concluded at 9:00pm.