Civil War themed fundraiser set for Friday in Hope

A Civil War themed fundraiser is set for this Friday in Hope.

Bud Herron, a former Hope resident and former publisher of The Republic, says this themed event will be held at Willow Leaves at Hope on the north side of the Hope Town Square, starting with a meal at 6 p.m.

After that, Julian Smith, of Hartsville, will be putting on a presentation, acting as Hartsville Civil War veteran Barton W. Mitchell. Historians credit Mitchell, a Union soldier, with recovering the missing movement orders that General Robert E. Lee had issued to his troops but that never were communicated. Intelligence gleaned from those orders turned the tide at the Battle of Antietam.

Following Smith’s performance, Herron will take the stage, performing as his own ancestor, George Dixon.

Despite the Civil War theme, Herron said that the event does not glorify war, but rather looks at it through the eyes of local soldiers who fought in the conflict.

The fundraiser will benefit Heritage of Hope’s news website, HSJ Online.

If you would like to take part in this event, call Willow Leaves of Hope at (812) 546-0640. Tickets are $15 per person and include a meal.