Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Book Event with Tony L. Turnbow - April 12

Come join us for a Book Event with Tony L. Turnbow in the Winston County Library meeting room on April 12th, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Free brown bag lunch for the first 20 participants sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Tony L. Turnbow has studied the history of the Old Natchez Trace for more than 30 years. He practices law in Franklin, Tennessee. With a Bachelor of Arts and a concentration in southern U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law, he has continued to use his training to explore unpublished primary sources about the Natchez Trace. He authored “The Natchez Trace in the War of 1812” in The Journal of Mississippi History, and he has published articles in the Tennessee Historical Quarterly and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation journal “We Proceeded On.” He also wrote a full-length play “Inquest on the Natchez Trace” about the mysterious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis. Mr. Turnbow represented the Natchez Trace Parkway Association on the Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and he was the recipient of the Tennessee Society U.S. Daughters of 1812 “Spirit of 1812” award.

In the course of writing a book about Lewis’s death, Mr. Turnbow discovered unpublished accounts of Andrew Jackson’s 1813 Natchez Expedition. He spent seven years tracking down additional letters, journals, and other records to piece together details of what he considers one of the most pivotal events in Jackson's life. Kirkus Reviews calls his new book Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson's Life "An impressive combination of scrupulous scholarship and powerful storytelling."