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Confederate Christmas in the Ozarks relived at the Museum
December 11, 2002
J. Troy MasseyJ. Troy Massey will present a program to the Boone County Historical and Railroad Society at noon on Friday, December 13, 2002 on what Christmas was like in the Ozarks during the tubulent war years of 1861-1865.

He will be dressed in a Confederate uniform and the theme will center on Captain J.M. Bailey coming from his Confederate Encampment at Bellefonte to attend a "gathering" of folks on Christmas Eve, 1864.

Portraying Capt. Bailey, he will relate what has happened in the war thus far and what he thinks the future will bring for the Southern forces. he will relate on Christmas time to his troops and their families as well as some letters from his men who have received letters from home.

This program is open to the public and will be in the meeting room on the second floor of the Boone County Heritage Museum, located at the corner of Cherry and Central Streets. There will be NO admission charge for this interesting program.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans maintain a room on the first floor of the museum that have memorabilia from the War Between the States and a very extensive library on the subject. Those attending are invited to browse through this room before or after the program.
Massey joined the Headquarters Camp of the SCV in 1982 in Hattiesburg, Miss. He chartered the General Jo Shelby Camp No. 1414 in Harrison on June 7, 1983 and became his first commander. In the same year, he joined The Military Order of Stars and Bars and chartered a Chapter in Harrison in 1984 and served as Commander and later Adjutant, 1988-2002. He became a life member July 8, 1985. He has received many awards from both organizations as well as other civic organizations.
He has been interested in history since an early age and has much love for his Arkansas and Southern heritage. His interest particularly lies in the War Between the States era, 1861-1865. He feels the present and future generations should know of the deeds of these heroic men who sacrificed their all for their beliefs.
The Society encourages anyone interested in this era of history to attend this program.
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