Civil War author, historic rifle coming to old courthouse

OJ Stapleton Editor

March 18, 2014

The Russellville Lions Club will be sponsoring a special Civil War history event on April 12 at the old Logan County Courthouse.

In 2010, author Tom McKenney spoke about his book Jack Hinson’s One-Man War at the Logan County Public Libary.

The book chronicles the life story of Hinson, a prosperous and influential plantation owner in the 1850s who transformed himself into a deadly, lone sniper after a unit of Union occupation troops brutally murdered and decapitated his sons.

The Lions Club will be bringing McKenney back this year with a special twist, the custom-made “sniper rifle” that Honson used in the 1850s will be at the event for a public viewing.

The rifle is owned by Tennessee judge, Ben McFarlin, the father-in-law of Trevor Coe of Russellville. The gun has been in McFarlin’s family for years before it passed on to him.

An exemplary piece of historical scholarship and the result of fifteen years of research, Jack Hinson’s One-Man War is a definitive biography that includes an amazing cast of characters including the Earp Brothers, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and Jesse James, the cousin of Hinson’s wife. The breathtaking story was all but destroyed by the obliterating forces of history in only one account in print of this one man’s impact on the Civil War.

Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney is a retired infantry officer and parachutist in the United States Marine Corps, having served in Korean and Vietnam. An advocate for American prisoners of war, McKenney has appeared on CBS radio, the 700 Club, Fox News, the Today Show, and CBS Morning News to discuss veterans’ issues and his experiences overseas.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event is free to the public.

“I think the capacity for the old courthouse is 225 and I would love to see it filled up,” said Coe.