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A nationally recognized Alabama musician presented a June 22 concert of Civil War tunes at Mississippi State as part of his participation in the university's first Social Studies Teachers' Summer Institute.

Bobby Horton played a collection of Civil War era songs, both Union and Confederate, in a free, public presentation beginning at 7 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium in Giles Hall, located in the University's Architecture building.

Bobby Horton

"Bobby Horton is, without doubt, the most talented and most famous performer of Civil War music in the nation today," said John F. Marszalek, executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. "MSU and the Starkville community are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him. No one should miss the chance."

Horton is a music multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and music historian whose work has been featured in more than 15 compact disc recordings. He has performed throughout the United States individually, as well as with the musical-comedy trio Three On a String. His music has been featured on 13 PBS films by Ken Burns including "The Civil War," and "Baseball," two films for The A&E Network, and 16 films for The National Park Service.

Horton's visit coincided with his participation in the Social Studies Teachers' Summer Institute sponsored by the National Park Service's Vicksburg and Shiloh national military parks, along with MSU Libraries and campus-based Ulysses S. Grant Association.

Thirty teachers from schools all over Mississippi participated in the six-day institute that included lectures by Civil War scholars, along with visits to battlefields in Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg.

More information about Horton and his work can be found at http://bobbyhorton.com.

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