Miami Presents: Charles Anderson, the Miamian Who Spoke at Gettysburg

Presented on: Tuesday, March 21st at 12:00 PM EDT


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Join anthropologist and alum, Rob Tolley ‘75 as he shares the incredible story of the discovery of a collection of documents and artifacts belonging to a former Ohio Governor and Miami alum, Charles Anderson, class of 1833. On November 19, 1863, Charles Anderson shared the stage with Abraham Lincoln, delivering the final speech of that historic day at Gettysburg.  The original speech document, in Anderson's handwriting, was lost for nearly 150 years. Termed the "Lost Gettysburg Address", it was discovered at an isolated ranch in Wyoming.  This document has brought a new historical understanding of Anderson's speech and its significance to that moment of the Civil War.  Described by Walter Havighurst as one of the "Men of Old Miami”, Anderson holds an important, but little-known place in Ohio and our nation’s history - until now.   

Rob Tolley ‘75 graduated from Miami with degrees in English and Anthropology (MA 1977).  He is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology and Archaeology, Emeritus, retired from Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana.  He was formerly a Visiting Instructor of Anthropology at Miami for 15 years.  Rob is a general anthropologist and has done archaeological exploration and survey throughout North America.  Rob and his wife, Dr. Nancy Purdue Tolley ‘76 (MA ’77) now reside in the wilderness retirement home they built on Upper Green River in Wyoming.  He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming. 


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