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Civil War tales to be told Saturday in Jonesboro

JONESBORO — Costumed storyteller Peter Bonner will be at the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery on Saturday telling war stories in commemoration of the Battle of Jonesborough.

Bonner will weave tales of woe as part of the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s year-long schedule of events related to the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 75th anniversary of the book, “Gone With the Wind.”

Bonner, of Historical and Hysterical Tours Inc., will describe a more personal side of the Battle of Jonesborough through researched stories of people involved and affected by the Civil War. The event is free.

The Battle of Jonesborough, as the spelling of the city was at that time, though small compared to other battles, was pivotal because the Confederate defeat led to the supply rail lines being cut and the fall of Atlanta.

The battle waged for two days close to the Warren House, which was the Union Hospital at the time. Soldiers recounted that the fighting continued until bodies were stacked three deep in the yard.

“Our history is about the actions of people and so the stories told will concentrate on the soldiers, (from the) North and South, and the population of Jonesborough, 200 strong, who had to endure the arrival of over 100,000 in a two-day fight that changed the course of history,” said Bonner. “This is not a glorification of war, but an acknowledgement of the human spirit and all its great and not so great moments.”

The event, “3 Deep in the Yard — The Pivotal Battle of Jonesborough,” will take place at the Patrick R. Cleburne Confederate Cemetery at the intersection of McDonough and Johnson streets.

This event is being held from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It is recommended that attendees bring a blanket or lawn chair.