Stage version of Ron Rash’s ‘Lincolnites’ set

A stage adaptation of “Lincolnites,” a short story penned by Ron Rash, Western Carolina University’s Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture, will be presented on campus by actress Barbara Bates Smith on Thursday, July 12.

The free presentation will be hosted by WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 7 p.m.

Rash’s “Lincolnites” was included in his prize-winning fiction collection “Burning Bright.” Inspired by the author’s Union-supporting ancestor, the story revolves around a Union soldier’s young wife who is at home when a marauding Confederate whistling “Dixie” confiscates her draft horse.

Smith’s presentation also will include musical accompaniment by Jeff Sebens of Cana, Va., and selected Civil War letters from the Special Collections section of WCU’s Hunter Library, with historical context for those letters provided by George Frizzell, head of Special Collections.

A Clyde resident, Smith is noted for her off-Broadway presentation of “Ivy Rowe,” based on author Lee Smith’s “Fair and Tender Ladies.”

Barbara Bates Smith