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On Tuesday, September 25 - Michael L. Oddenino will give a presentation titled: The Peninsula Campaign – Barbarians at the Gate. 

On Tuesday September 25 –  Learn all about the Peninsula Campaign 

This presentation will explore the famous Peninsula Campaign of 1862 which saw George McClellan go head-to-head with Robert E. Lee. The massive Union effort to get troops to the Virginia peninsula between the York and James rivers is one of the true turning points of the Civil War.

Learn about:

  • Abraham Lincoln’s interactions with George McClellan
  • The connection of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Peninsula Campaign
    How Robert E. Lee came to head the Army of Northern Virginia for the Confederacy
  • Why did McClellan fail
  • Assessment of Robert E. Lee’s performance
  • J.E.B. Stuart’s famous ride  
  • And more

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about a crucial campaign and the facts behind that campaign.



Michael L. Oddenino will give this exciting presentation providing new perspectives on this 1862 turning point in the Civil War. Michael is the Program Chair for the Pasadena CWRT and a regular speaker on Civil War topics. You will enjoy this presentation on the Peninsula Campaign. One of his presentations is on the Gettysburg Address providedascinating insights into the Lincoln - Douglas Debates of 1858. This will be Michael's first presentation on these debates. Below are some of the reviews his Gettysburg Address presentation received:

Even for an audience that has read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address a dozen times, Michael Oddenino's thoughtful deconstruction of Lincoln's remarks provide illuminating context that helps a modern audience see and understand the speech anew. – Dr. Craig Symonds, Professor Emeritus, U.S. Naval Academy and winner of the Lincoln Prize

Using his skills as a great orator and historian, Michael Oddenino brings the Gettysburg Address to life with insight, humor, and even a personal connection. Whether you are well-versed in Civil War history or new to the field, Michael’s captivating presentation will reinvigorate your enthusiasm for this important moment in American history. – Maria Carrillo, Associate Archivist, Lincoln Memorial Shrine, Redlands, California

Michael Oddenino introduces you to the people, places and politics that led up to the Gettysburg Address. I was amazed at how much I didn't know about this famous American historical event. Photographs, facts, anecdotes and unique music combine to provide a moving, emotional review of President Abraham Lincoln's two minute speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It’s a highly entertaining and historical look at an iconic piece of American history we all think we know well. Don’t miss a chance to hear this one! – Susan Ogle, Director, Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

Michael L. Oddenino's Gettysburg address is a captivating presentation full of stunning revelations, photos and music. It is a fascinating historical experience I'd recommend to all followers of Americana. Michael presented his multimedia show at the Los Angeles Adventurers' Club and was showered with enthusiastic questions afterward. A must-see experience. – Chuck Jonkey, Los Angeles Adventurers' Club

When you think you have heard all that has to be said on a high profile topic, you await to be amazed or very disappointed. No one listening to Michael Oddenino’s story of the  unfolding of the events which led up to the memorable Gettysburg Address and to the address itself will consider themselves disappointed. It was historically accurate and set into motion by his captivating style. You could feel the  buildup to Everett’s speech, and understand the quiet that settled over the crowd after Lincoln performed his 2 minute statement. All of us listening to Michael repeat those now immortal words shared in that moment what our forefathers felt 150 years ago. And we could understand. - Dr. Brian Clague, West Coast Civil War Conference organizer

Those fortunate enough to experience Michael L. Oddenino's Gettysburg Address presentation will gain an entirely new perspective of this snapshot of history.  Michael sets the stage with colorful anecdotes which convey the country's mood in November 1863.  He brings the listener to the moment with descriptions of sights, smells and the compelling music, some of which has not been recreated in the 150 years since the actual event.  Michael leaves his audience wanting more.  This is a compelling presentation. – Gary Burnett, Las Vegas

If you thought you knew everything there was to know about Lincoln ’s famous Gettysburg Address, you will come away from Michael Oddenino’s presentation with a fresh appreciation and newfound knowledge about this iconic piece of American history.  Michael Oddenino combines history, context and little-known facts to bring Lincoln’s prose and the event surrounding its historic debut to life.  His presentation to the Pasadena Civil War Round Table packed the house, and left our members wanting more.  It’s a “don’t miss” event. –  Janet Whaley, Pasadena CWRT, Treasurer

Let’s just say that if you have Michael Oddenino make a presentation to your group, you will be in for a wonderful presentation filled with information that many of you may never have heard before. While you’re at it, ask Michael about his Balls Bluff program.  It, too, is excellent. - Michael Green, President, San Joaquin Valley Civil War Round Table


  •   Where: The Pasadena Central Library

PLACE:      Pasadena Central Library
                   285 E Walnut Street - Pasadena, CA 91101

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DATE:         Fourth Tuesday of Every Month.   
TIME:          7:15 p.m.
PLACE:      Pasadena Central Library
285 E Walnut Street - Pasadena, CA 91101

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Contact Michael L. Oddenino, Program Chair or 626-447-5454