On Nov. 15, the Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will host Civil War author and historian David Dixon, discussing “August Willich’s Civil War: Radical International Revolution.”
Dixon’s lecture will examine the career of August Willich who was prominent in the German war of revolution in 1848-1849 and a superb general during the American Civil War, a press release explained.
Dixon will highlight Willich’s transformation from his Prussian aristocratic life to revolutionary and later a citizen-soldier from Cincinnati.
A resident of Santa Barbara, Calif., Dixon earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts.
The release stated that his first book, “The Lost Gettysburg Address,” told the unusual story of Texas slaveholder Charles Anderson, the brother of Maj. Robert Anderson, the defender of Fort Sumter.
Dixon has spoken to Civil War groups from coast to coast and hosts B-List History, a website that specializes in featuring the stories of lesser-known and obscure Civil War-era participants. His latest book is “Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Civil War General.”
Dixon’s lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in the Copper Auditorium located on the lower level of the Civic Center branch of the Scottsdale Public Library. Doors open at 4 p.m. Guests can come early to meet the author, members and guests as well as browse the books.
To join the Zoom meeting for the event, use this link. The meeting’s ID is 81527355580, and the password is 659336.
All are welcome to attend the lectures free of charge. Speakers are well-known Civil War experts from around the country. The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable holds meetings every month from September through May. The group also supports battlefield preservation.
For information and their current schedule, visit www.scottsdalecwrt.org.