Sharp County Historical Society offers one man show

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Real Civil War experiences will be on the agenda as the Sharp County Historical Society holds its summer quarterly meeting on Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m., in the Ash Flat Library meeting room.

Guest speaker Jimmie Edwards will portray a private in the Army of Tennessee who left north Arkansas for a 90 day adventure and spent 4 years fighting for the Confederacy, surrendered in North Carolina and faced a long walk home.

Edwards, a Civil War re-enactor, will speak in a first person story telling fashion, attired in uniform appropriate for the time frame. Private Will Henry's story is based on stories and letters passed down to family members, and records from the Army of Tennessee. Four-plus years will be condensed into one hour of storytelling.

Jimmie Edwards was raised in Blytheville, and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Business Management Degree. He ran a family furniture business from 1967-1997, and since 2000, has worked for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as Marketing and Sales Manager for the Ozark Folk Center.

The historical society meeting is free and open to the public.

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