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Murray State graduate Nathan Austin plays one of the leads in a new Civil War era film titled The Middle Ground shot in Davies, Hopkins, and McLean counties. He stops Sounds Good by to talk about it with Kate Lochte, also the upcoming 21st annual "Forest First" battle re-enactment in Sacramento starting Friday and some of the other projects he's involved in featuring MSU alumni.

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The new exhibit, "Common People in Uncommon Times," a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War - the Civil War Experience in Tennessee - is showing at the Paris-Henry County Heritage Center through March 28. Myers Brown, formerly of the Tennessee State Museum, now of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, curated the 10 panel exhibit of photographs and artifacts. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte asks brown about the diverse array of personalities whose stories illustrate a land divided.

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After a large turn out at their recent community read event of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, Calloway County Public Library staff are preparing another community read and are currently seeking suggestions on books and topics. CCPL's Sandy Linn stops by Sounds Good to talk about this and other projects for 2015, including a Civil War film series and a field trip to a book festival, which features Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series. 

The old joke used to be: Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

Now it's not so funny anymore.

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The Jackson Purchase was the only region in Kentucky during the Civil War period that had a Confederate majority. Around the Commonwealth, there'd be pro-Confederate counties, but none as unified as the "South Carolina of Kentucky." Author and retired WKCTC history professor Berry Craig stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about documenting the region’s turbulent Civil War history and culture in his new book, Kentucky Confederates.

This documentary originally aired in 2011.

An hour-long WKMS News production about the Union and Confederate confrontations, battles and tribulations in the Four Rivers Region, featuring a full performance cast.

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This Saturday, members of the 12th Colored Heavy Artillery Living History Program brings the battlefield to life with a presentation at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky. The program includes a cannon fire and a presentation on camp life, how the cannon crew operates, and the impact colored troops had on the Civil War and its outcome. Kate Lochte speaks with Park Manager Ron Sydnor on Sounds Good.

At an auction house in North Carolina Tuesday morning, hundreds of Civil War artifacts hit the auction block.  The collection represents the life’s work of a Perryville, Kentucky man who died in April.

Jimmy Johnson says his company, based in Angier, N.C., has been dealing with Civil War relics for 30 years.  

“Lots of times you get little bits and pieces of different collections, but in this case, we’ve just got such a wide variety of different items,” said Johnson 

The collection belonged to James “Cotton” Reynolds of Perryville. He was 84 when he died this spring.

His two daughters were at the auction house Monday where hundreds of collectors previewed the trove of Civil War artifacts.

 “Obviously they’re excited, it is an emotional thing anytime you’re selling your parents items, it’s an emotional event,” said Johnson.  “But they saw their Daddy nurture these items and collect them over the years.” 

"A tale of two brothers, wrapped up in circumstances that could have only ever happened in Kentucky."

The Middle Ground is a Civil War era film set and currently being shot in western Kentucky - primarily in Owensboro and Madisonville. We met the filmmakers on Sounds Good, with Murray State connections: Director/Writer Dallas Lee Blanton, Actors/Producers Angela Yonts and Nathan Austin. Featuring actors and extras from western Kentucky, the film includes a reenactment of the Battle of Sacramento and a on-location shoot in a homestead from the era.

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On March 25, 1864, Confederate cavalry leader Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest launched a successful raid on Paducah, quickly occupying the town, recruiting soldiers, and stripping supplies and horses from the Union troops, forcing Union leader Col. Stephen G. Hicks to withdraw to the west end of the town. Paducah Tilghman House Director Bill Baxter speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the battle on the eve of its Sesquicentennial.

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