Meet our speakers for Gazette665’s American Civil War History Conference – 1865: Turning Homeward. We are excited and honored to introduce these outstanding presenters of American History and hope you will join us for our event on April 4, 2020.

David T. DixonDavid T. Dixon

David Dixon earned his M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts in 2003. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and magazines. Most focus on Union sympathizers in the Civil War South.

David spoke at the 2016 Sacred Trust Talks in Gettysburg and has appeared before more than fifty Civil War round tables across the country. He has appeared on Civil War Talk Radio and other podcasts. He hosts B-List History, a website that featured obscure characters with compelling stories.

David’s biography of German revolutionary and Union Civil War General August Willich will be published by the University of Tennessee Press in September, 2020. His article on Wilich appears in the current issue of Georgia Backroads magazine and may be downloaded free on his website at www.davidtdixon.com.

His current project examines the relationship between emotions and allegiance in the context of Civil War biography. Please join me in welcoming David Dixon.

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan

Dr. Brian Matthew Jordan is Assistant Professor of Civil War History and Director of Graduate Studies in History at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  He received his Ph.D. in History from Yale and is the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War, which was one of three finalists (runners-up) for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History.

Most recently, Dr. Jordan is co-editor of The War Went On: Reconsidering the Lives of Civil War Veterans, published with LSU Press. His next book, Enduring Civil War: Life, Death, and Survival in a Union Regiment, is due out in 2021 from Liveright/W.W. Norton. For the last six years, Dr. Jordan has served as Book Review Editor for The Civil War Monitor.  He likewise serves as co-editor of the Engaging the Civil War Series with Southern Illinois University Press and co-editor of the Veterans Series with the University of Massachusetts Press.  ​

Michael Oddenino

Michael L. Oddenino grew up in Virginia, surrounded by Revolutionary War and Civil War history. After majoring in history at Virginia Tech – where he studied the Civil War under Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. – he continued his studies and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a practicing litigation attorney in Los Angeles and maintains his affection for history.

His interest in oratory led him to develop an interpretation of Patrick Henry’s famous “Liberty or Death” speech which he has performed in numerous venues and for a large convention audience.

He has made numerous historical presentations on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the Battle of Ball’s Bluff to many local Civil War Round Table groups and other Southern California clubs and has spoken at several West Coast Civil War Round Table Conferences. His enthusiasm for history and historical understanding comes through every presentation.

Sarah Kay Bierle

Sarah Kay Bierle (conference coordinator) graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in History and has spent the last few years exploring ways to share quality historical research in way that will inform and inspire modern audiences, including school presentations, writing, and speaking engagements.

Sarah works as managing editor at the Emerging Civil War and on staff at Central Virginia Battlefields Trust. She is also the conference coordinator and owner of Gazette665, a company which hosts an annual Civil War History in Southern California, drawing speakers from across the country.

She has written several historical novels and her first nonfiction history book – a study on the Battle of New Market for the Emerging Civil War Series released in Spring 2019. Her current research projects focus on the lives of Civil War officers, artillery, and interactions between civilians and the military.  She maintains her own history blog and website at www.Gazette665.com

Two more speakers will be announced soon. The final discussions with these researchers are in progress, but they have requested a little time to check their calendars before we announce!