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“Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia”

November 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“๐‚๐Ž๐๐…๐„๐ƒ๐„๐‘๐€๐“๐„ ๐Ž๐”๐“๐‹๐€๐–:
๐‚๐‡๐€๐Œ๐ ๐…๐„๐‘๐†๐”๐’๐Ž๐ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐‚๐ˆ๐•๐ˆ๐‹ ๐–๐€๐‘ ๐ˆ๐ ๐€๐๐๐€๐‹๐€๐‚๐‡๐ˆ๐€”

Renaissance Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN
7pm, Monday, November 9, 2020

๐‡๐Ž๐’๐“๐„๐ƒ ๐๐˜ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐“๐‘๐ˆ-๐‚๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐„๐’ ๐‚๐ˆ๐•๐ˆ๐‹ ๐–๐€๐‘ ๐‘๐Ž๐”๐๐ƒ ๐“๐€๐๐‹๐„, this special presentation will be narrated by Brian McKnight who will highlight the life and times of Samuel โ€œChampโ€ Ferguson (1821-1865) and his participation in the Civil War. The oldest of ten children, Ferguson was born in Clinton County, Kentucky on the Tennessee border, and fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was hanged at age 43 on October 20, 1865, and is buried in the France Cemetery in White County, Tennessee.

๐€ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ โ€œ๐ƒ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ค๐ž๐ซโ€ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญt will be held at the Chop House for the first 10 reservations. Masks are required except when eating. The dinner will be held at the Chop House, 1704 N. Eastman Road, from 5pm-6:15pm just prior to the 7pm presentation. Dinner reservations requests should be sent to Wayne Strong at trustwrks@aol.com or call (423) 323-2306.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐Ÿ•๐ฉ๐ฆ ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ to 50 attendees in the main seating area of the Little Theater at the Renaissance Center, and an overflow of attendees in the balcony area. Social distancing guidelines will be in place for the presentation. Masks are required, and temperature checks will be made at the door. Seating will be in compliance with social distancing guidelines, with usage of every other row in the theater.

๐€๐๐Ž๐”๐“ ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐’๐๐„๐€๐Š๐„๐‘
Brian McKnight is Professor of History and a Founding Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at University of Virginia-Wise. He is a specialist in contested and coerced loyalties and is the author of
๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐–๐š๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐š๐ง ๐Š๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐•๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐š, which won the James I. Robertson Literary Award;
๐‚๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ž๐๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ: ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ ๐…๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ ๐–๐š๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ๐š๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐š, which won the Tennessee Library Award for best book in Tennessee history;
His most recent book is titled โ€œ๐–๐ž ๐…๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐žโ€: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐“๐ฐ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฒ-๐“๐ก๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐€๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐–๐š๐ซ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐“๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Š๐จ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐–๐š๐ซ.

McKnightโ€™s other writings have been featured in the New York Times and his work on Korean War prisoners of war was profiled in the New Yorker. He is currently at work on a volume of writings on guerrilla warfare in the Civil War, and is coauthoring with Gary Robert Matthews a biography of Confederate General Simon Bolivar Buckner. Brian McKnight grew up in Virginiaโ€™s westernmost county and received his undergraduate degree from UVa-Wise and his Ph.D., from Mississippi State University. When he is not teaching or researching, he is usually on his farm planting fruit trees, building fences, and keeping bees. He is also a member of our TCCWRT.

๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐€๐ƒ๐ƒ๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐๐€๐‹ ๐ˆ๐๐…๐Ž๐‘๐Œ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐, please contact Wayne Strong at (423) 323-2306 or email trustwrks@aol.com.


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