SCV lecture slated
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:00 pm
The Messenger, April 18, 2013
Lt. Col. Tom C. McKenney, a retired U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and parachutist who served in Korea and Vietnam, will speak Sunday at 2 p.m. at a meeting of Sons of Confederate Veterans hosted by Bell’s Partisans Camp 1821 in Newbern. The free event is planned at Trimble Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the public is invited to attend.
McKenney will be discussing his book, “Jack Hinson’s One Man War,” which chronicles the exploits of John S. “Old Jack” Hinson, a Confederate sniper who was a friend of both Ulysses S. Grant and of Confederate officers alike at the beginning of the Civil War. He had opposed secession and was intent on his personal affairs, but after a Union occupation troop moved in on his land and captured, executed and placed the decapitated heads of his sons on his gateposts, he abandoned his quiet life and took up the task of revenge.
In McKenney’s biography, Hinson becomes a gadfly to the occupying army as he carries out amazing and solitary feats as a lone Confederate sniper.
Also appearing in the biography are the Earp brothers, Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jesse James, the cousin of Hinson’s wife.
McKenney’s book recounts a story that was almost lost and remains the only account in print that chronicles Hinson’s impact on the Civil War.