Spend a night with Andrew Jackson

Published 12:04 am Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Concordia Parish Library and the Bruin-Vidal DAR present “A Night with Andrew Jackson” at the Vidalia Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Come and spend an evening with our country’s seventh president. Bill Patrick, a historian from Jackson, will re-enact and reminisce about Jackson’s life as a husband, a soldier, a politician and a president.

Mr. Patrick will also reminisce about Jackson’s wife, Rachel, portrayed by Lester Senter Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is an internationally renowned mezzo-soprano and will be singing period pieces throughout the program.

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Songs include “Yankee Doodle” (sung at the Battle of New Orleans by the Creole band), “Hail Columbia” (predecessor to “Hail to the Chief”), and “Hunters of Kentucky” (Andrew Jackson’s 1828 campaign song).

Enjoy, at your public library, a live history presentation with Andrew Jackson being there to tell you all about his command of the Tennessee forces in the Creek War of 1813, the defeat of the British at the Battle of New Orleans and how he became known as the president of the “common man.”

Mr. Patrick, the scholar, hopes this presentation will help attendees make a personal connection with Andrew Jackson.

Mark your calendars to take a step back in time and spend an insightful evening getting to know one of our country’s great historical figures.

This program is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!


Bernice McLemore is a Vidalia resident.