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Eric Wittenberg

Our Keynote Speaker speaking on "Sherman’s Carolinas Campaign of 1865"



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We’re proud to feature a list of prominent speakers who are at the forefront of their fields. These professionals are always eager to share their knowledge and inspire like-minded enthusiasts. Read more about this year’s speakers below, and contact us if you would like to learn more information.

David T. Dixon

Emotions and Allegiance: Loyalty and Dissent in the Confederacy

David Dixon 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, whose
speech followed Lincoln’s at Gettysburg, but was never published. It
turned up 140 years later in a cardboard box in Wyoming.
David has given nearly 100 talks to audiences across the country. He
appeared on Civil War Talk Radio and other podcasts. He hosts B-List
History, a website that features obscure characters and their
compelling stories. You may download free pdf versions of his
published articles on that website at
David’s new book, published by the University of Tennessee Press, is
the biography of German revolutionary and Union General August
Willich. Dixon’s biography highlights the contributions of more than
180,000 German-American immigrants to the Union effort in the Civil
War. Transatlantic radicals like Willich viewed the war as part of a much
larger, global revolution for social justice and republican government.

Bruce Smith

"Life in the saddle how a Union Cavalrymen lived and fought from the back of a horse"

Bruce Smith student of history and an avid equestrian.  Both of these loves just naturally sent him toward studying the topic of cavalry, both U.S. and foreign.  Bruce is a re-enactor with the 7th Michigan cavalry and rode in 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  He is a docent at the Lincoln Shrine in Redlands and runs his own company, "On-Site Living History" which presents episodes of cavalry history to school and private groups including Civil War, Rough Riders, and Westward Expansion.

Larry Burgess

“The Civil War’s Diverse Parts”

Larry Burgess served as curator of the Lincoln Memorial in Redlands from 1972-1986.  He has reviewed books on the Civil War and Lincoln and has written in anthologies as well as given more than 5OO talks in the subject of the War and Lincoln and personalities of the period.  Burgess serves in the board of the Watchorn Lincoln Memorial Association and was Library Director of Smiley Library, 1986-2012, and over saw the financial budget of the Memorial. His PhD in history is from Claremont Graduate University where is studied under John Niven and Allan Nevins.  His undergraduate history degree is from University of Redlands.

Mark McGuire 

“The Writ Of Habeas Corpus”

Mark received his JD from Western State University College of Law in 2008. He passed the California State Bar Examination in 2008 and was sworn into practice law in the State of California in December 2008. Mark is also admitted to practice law before the Central and Southern Districts of the United States Federal District Court.

Mark graduated from Sonoma State University in 1994 with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Psychology. He was employed as a project manager for SeaSpace Corporation, a remote sensing computer company located in San Diego, CA from 1996 until 2003. Mark is an active member of the American Inn of Court, Joseph B. Campbell Chapter in San Bernardino California, president from 2017 to 2018. 

Mark was previously employed with the Law Offices of Kyle A. Patrick, 2016-2017, focusing his practice on trust and estate litigation, with Brown White & Osborn, LLP 2009-2016, focusing his practice of trust and estate administration, civil litigation, criminal law and bankruptcy. He was court appointed counsel for conservatorship and guardianship cases in Riverside county, 2012-2016.

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