History Alive is a program of first-person portrayals of historical figures by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character. The program is under the auspices of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

There will be a History Alive performance in Ansted during the Hometown Heritage Festival featuring a famous Confederate general.

Born in Clarksburg, General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson became one of the most revered names in military history.

Jackson, a devoutly religious man, is regarded by experts as a tactical genius and a relentless battlefield commander. The men of the “Stonewall Brigade” were fiercely loyal to their leader. Jackson’s death by friendly fire was a crushing blow to Confederate hopes for ultimate victory.

Jackson is portrayed by Doug Riley of Tunnelton and his visit is hosted by the AIM Committee.

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