HED:British actor to perform Civil War for Friends group in Cor

CATEGORY: Alcorn County

AUTHOR: SUMMER

HED:British actor to perform Civil War for Friends group in Corinth

By Jane Clark Summers

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH British Actor Howard Burnham will perform his monologue “The Lion, The Eagle and Dixie,” at the annual meeting of Friends of The Siege and Battle of Corinth.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Corinth Library Auditorium.

The drama presents a British perspective of the War Between the States as seen through the eyes of the English artist and correspondent of the “Illustrated London News,” Frank Vizetelly.

Vizetelly was one of the most famous foreign newspaper men to cover the American Civil War. He covered almost all aspects of the conflict and became an enthusiastic convert to the Confederate cause.

He was the only journalist to accompany the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, on his ill-fated flight. An artist, as well as a journalist, Vizetelly was adept with pencil, pen and brush.

Burnham’s monologue combines historic accuracy with wit and humor to create a history lesson. His program gives an interesting insight into the British attitude toward the war. It touches on the Treat Affair which nearly brought Britain into the conflict on the side of the South.

A British-born actor and writer, Burnham has portrayed such other characters as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Lord Cornwallis throughout England and has been featured on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Over the past five years, he has performed in the Carolinas, New England and Florida. He currently lives in Columbia, S.C.

The drama is being co-sponsored by Friends of Shiloh National Military Park and Park Superintendent Woody Harrell.

A reception to honor Burnham will be held immediately after the performance Tuesday evening. All Friends are invited to attend and memberships to the Friends group will be available at the meeting for those who wish to join.

The work of Friends helps support the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission’s mission of preserving and interpreting Corinth’s Civil War sites.

For more information, Friends brochures are available at The Civil War Center at 301 Childs St. and at the library, located at the corner of Fillmore and Main streets, or by calling Siege and Battle Commission Chair Rosemary Williams at 287-1328.