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The Civil War in the Western Rivers - A WKMS News Documentary


This documentary originally aired in 2011 and was revised in 2017.

An hour-long WKMS News production about the Union and Confederate confrontations, battles and tribulations in the Four Rivers Region, featuring a full cast performing the words of such Civil War-era luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Listen to this documentary:


  • Drew Adams - Private J.V. Grief
  • Squire Babcock - President Abraham Lincoln
  • George Eldred - General Leonidas Polk
  • Elma Harris - Annie Boyd
  • Joe Haynes - John Brown, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman, Col. Stephen Hicks
  • Dr. Rusty Jones - General John C. Fremon
  • Zunni Matima - Mary Wooldridge
  • Gary Pitts - General Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • David Shelton - General Ulysses S. Grant
  • Micky Thomas - George Scruggs
  • Robert Valentine - Stephen Hale, Governor Beriah Magoffin, General George B. McClellan
  • David Weatherly - New York Times

With thanks to Berry Craig of West Kentucky Community and Technical College; Kendall Gott, Senior Historian, U.S. Army Combat Studies Institute; Drs. James Humphries and William Mulligan of Murray State University's Department of History; Jim Jobe, Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park Historian; and John E.L. Robertson. 
Research Assistance: Dieter Ulrich, Murray State University Archivist, Special Collections Librarian Angela Hatton

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