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Free Thursday concert will feature Civil War music


Special to The Dispatch



A nationally recognized Alabama musician will present a June 23 concert of Civil War tunes at Mississippi State University as part of his role in the university''s first Social Studies Teachers'' Institute. 


Bobby Horton will perform popular selections from both the Union and Confederate sides in America''s greatest internal conflict. His free program begins on the university campus at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium of Giles Hall, home of the College of Architecture, Art and Design. 


"Bobby Horton is, without doubt, the most talented and most famous performer of Civil War music in the nation today," said John F. Marszalek, executive director and managing editor of the campus-based Ulysses S. Grant Association. "MSU and the Starkville community are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him. No one should miss the chance." 


Horton is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and music historian whose work has been featured in more than 15 compact disc recordings. He has performed throughout the U.S. individually, as well as with the musical comedy trio, "Three On a String."  


His music has been featured on 13 PBS films by Ken Burns including "The Civil War," and "Baseball," two films for the A&E Network, as well as 16 National Park Service films. More information on Horton can be found at 


Horton is among participants in the Social Studies Teachers'' Summer Institute sponsored by the National Park Service''s Vicksburg and Shiloh national military parks, along with MSU Libraries and the Grant Association. 


Thirty teachers from schools throughout Mississippi will be participating in the six-day institute that includes lectures by Civil War scholars and visits to battlefields in Shiloh, Corinth and Vicksburg.



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