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Journalist and historian to visit library

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The Washington County Public Library and the Washington County Historical Society are hosting an evening with Thomas Shelby Watson, member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. Watson will speak, answer questions and sign books on Tuesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Washington County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Watson is most known for his work, “Confederate Guerrilla Sue Mundy.” Through interviews with Sue Mundy’s namesake and kinsman and years of research and collecting information, Watson details events of the Springfield Raid in December of 1864 and Confederate Guerrilla Dick Mitchell.

“Highly recommend[ed]” — Glasgow Daily Times

“A meticulously detailed recounting of the guerrilla warfare that raged...balanced and well organized...very nice array of rare photographs (many previously unpublished)...a notable contribution...not aware of any other study of guerilla warfare...that even remotely approaches the level of detail...very welcome” — Civil War Books and Authors

“This book fills a gap in the literature about Kentucky in the Civil War and the shadowy war itself.” — The late Dr. Thomas D. Clark, author, Kentucky State Historian;

“Many Kentuckians in the 1860s were more affected by guerilla activities then they were by formal battles. This well-written book tells us a great deal about the activities of irregular partisans who did much to disrupt the state as the war drew to a close.” — Dr. Lowell H. Harrison, author, professor of history, Western Kentucky University.

A time for questions and book signing will occur after the presentation.

About the Author
Thomas Shelby Watson had a 50-year career in journalism beginning at WBKY at the University of Kentucky. He was Kentucky Broadcast Editor for the Associated Press, editor of his family newspaper and a radio news director. He also led news departments at WAKY, Louisville and WIL, St. Louis. Under his leadership, a special national AP award went to WAKY for being the first radio news department to contribute 1,000 stories used on the wire in one year. He and his WAKY team received a National Headliner Award for coverage of a chemical plant explosion. Watson authored three non-fiction books, award-winning documentaries and numerous magazine and newspaper articles.

From 1988 through 1993, he operated critically acclaimed “The Salt River Arcadian,” a monthly newspaper in Taylorsville, Ky. He is the winner of two Louisville Bar Association gavel awards and a Louisville Civil War Roundtable award for historical journalism. Watson currently resides in Taylorsville, Ky.

All programs held at the Washington County Public Library are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 336-7655, check out our website at www1.youseemore.com/washingtoncountypl/or “like us” on Facebook.

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