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Stonewall Jackson program coming to museum Friday

The South Boston/Halifax County Museum’s free program on Stonewall Jackson, postponed after last week’s bad weather, has been rescheduled for this Friday at 7 p.m. 

The public is invited to come hear about this intriguing figure in history presented by Beth White of Liberty University.

Since her earliest memories, White has had a lifelong passion for studying American history. Growing up in New England, there was a natural focus on the events surrounding the American Revolution. 

Upon moving to Virginia in 1985 with her family, her passion continued to thrive in the home of Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Henry.  However, settling in Lynchburg, White found a new side of history to explore — that of the American Civil War. Names such as Lee, Jackson, Early and Hill came to have a whole new meaning. Manassas, Lexington and Harper’s Ferry were suddenly more than just names in a textbook and places on a map to her.

White and her husband of nearly 20 years, Wayne, share this passion and love of American history with a keen focus on the Civil War events, especially those within Virginia. 

A graduate in 2008 from Liberty University with a B.S. in business management, White followed her heart and went on to receive a M.A. in American History from American Military University in 2013. She is currently a December 2014 candidate for the M.A. in military history with a specialization in Civil War studies, also from American Military University. 

The Whites spend many weekends traveling and following Civil War trails throughout Virginia with a goal of visiting every Civil War related spot within the commonwealth.

White has been employed at Liberty University for the past 16 years and works in the military affairs office. She is hopeful of becoming an adjunct online history professor and sharing her passion of America’s past with the next generation. Her areas of expertise and interest are with the Army of Northern Virginia, LTG Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and the battle of Chancellorsville. 

She is currently conducting research regarding the individual regiments that served at Chancellorsville for her first book. 

She is a member of the Lynchburg Civil War Round Table and the Lynchburg Sesquicentennial Committee.  

She also serves as a volunteer for the Museum of the Confederacy-Appomattox and has lectured previously on Jackson’s early years at both Saylor’s Creek Battlefield and at the Lee-Jackson Symposium in Lexington.