David T. Dixon

David Dixon, a contributing writer for Emerging Civil War, earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. His first book, The Lost Gettysburg Address, told the unusual life story of Texas slaveholder Charles Anderson, brother of Maj. Robert Anderson of Ft. Sumter fame.

David spoke at Gettysburg National Military Park’s Sacred Trust Talks, appeared on Civil War Talk Radio and has presented to more than sixty Civil War Round Tables from coast to coast. He hosts B-List History, a website that features obscure characters and their compelling stories at www.davidtdixon.com.

David’s current book, published by the University of Tennessee Press, is the biography of German revolutionary and Union General August Willich. His current project is a biography that highlights the role of emotions in Southern allegiance in the Civil War.

A full listing of David’s Emerging Civil War articles can be found here.

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David is also a member of the Emerging Civil War Speakers Bureau. His available presentations are listed below:

The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey

August Willich’s Civil War: Radical, International Revolution

The Wealthiest Slave in Savannah

Emotions and Allegiance: The Dilemma of a Southern Union Man

The Black Experience in Civil War Georgia

Freedom Gained, Equality Denied: New Hampshire’s Free Black Community

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Here is a brief listing of David’s major publications:


The Lost Gettysburg Address: Charles Anderson’s Civil War Odyssey (Santa Barbara, CA: B-List History, 2015). 

Radical Warrior: August Willich’s Journey from German Revolutionary to Union General (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2020).

Emotions and Allegiance: Augustus Wright and Civil War Loyalty (in progress). 

Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journals

  • “Augustus R. Wright and the Loyalty of the Heart,” The Georgia Historical Quarterly Vol. XCIV, No. 3 (Fall 2010) 342-373.
  • “Freedom Earned, Equality Denied: Evolving Race Relations in Exeter and Vicinity, 1776-1876,” Historical New Hampshire Vol. 61, No. 1 (Spring 2007) 29-47.


  • “Enemy on the Home Front: A Georgia Plantation Owner Works Against the Confederacy,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 10, No. 2 (Summer 2011) 39-43.
  • “To Laugh in One hand and Cry in the Other: W.B. Higginbotham and the Black Community in Civil War Rome,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 2011) 14-19.
  • “‘Til Secession Do Us Part,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 11, No. 2 (Summer 2012) 14-18.
  • “Murder in Calhoun!” Georgia Backroads Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2013).
  • “The Hero and the Ghost,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 12. No. 4 (Winter 2013).
  • “The Wealthiest Slave in Savannah,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 13, No. 2 (Summer
  •   2014).
  • “Backroads to Gettysburg,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 14, No. 3 (Autumn 2015).
  • “A Dash of African Blood,” Georgia Backroads Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2016). 
  • “I Think, Boys, I am Done For!” Georgia Backroads Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2019).  
  • “A Doctor, His Enslaved Man, and the Union Circle in North Georgia” Georgia Backroads Vol. 19, No. 2 (Summer 2020).