In a special program set for This Saturday evening, DeKalb County Historian Thomas G. Webb will speak on the subject of the Civil War in DeKalb County to raise funds for the DeKalb Animal Coalition to complete a new shelter in Smithville.
Webb said he would address many of the local concerns during and after the war, including the disagreements that led to the conflict and the lives of DeKalb Countians who went to war on both sides.
"Many of our people were in the big battles of the war," Webb said DeKalb Countians were in the battle at Fort Donelson, and at Shiloh. More Confederate soldiers saw time in battle than locals who fought for the Union. I’ll talk about what the Union soldiers from DeKalb County did, which was not much," Webb said with a laugh.
He will also speak on the matter of the "Confederate Flag" controversy, and why hard feelings still linger 150 years after the war.
"I will talk about whether we can change history." Webb said.
The event will be held this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the DeKalb County Complex Auditorium. Adult admission is $10 per person and $3 for all students. Proceeds from the program will go to the DeKalb Animal Coalition, a tax deductible organization dedicated to building a new animal shelter for our community.