Will Osborne will be the speaker at the Sept. 28 meeting of the Historical Society of Southwest Virginia. He will present an excerpt of his book "Be Strong and of Good Courage," a story of southwestern Virginians in the War Between the States.
The meeting will be held at Prime Sirloin in Norton, at 1 p.m. with lunch at noon.
Osborne's book is classified as historical fiction but is based on real characters and places. In the book, he takes the reader through the trials of a mountain family as they experience life on the farm, a war, death, and the intense and satisfying love and support of family.
Osborne has been interested in history, especially Civil War history for most of his adult life. He grew up on Horton Ridge and attended Honaker High School. As a young boy, he listened to the stories his family told about his ancestors who lived through those years.
Osborne is an avid reader and usually concentrates on his favorite subject, the Civil War. He always knew he had a story to tell. After almost 30 years of encouraging, he finally listened to his wife, Sandy, and began to write. As the story developed, Osborne researched and studied the factual accounts of battles and places where he knew his ancestors fought. That’s when the need to tell their story became even more important to him. Having a lot of respect for mountain people and their unique ways wasn’t much of a challenge to Osborne’s imagination, because he grew up embracing that lifestyle. He has also been a Civil War re-enactor for a number of years where he portrays a soldier from the mountains of southwest Virginia.
Osborne and his wife have two children, Charles and Amber, and they still live on Horton Ridge in Russell County. He can stand on his porch and see the gravestone of his great grandfather who was a soldier in the Civil War.
“Be Strong and of a Good Courage.” is classified as historical fiction but is based on real characters and places. In the book, Will takes the reader through the trials of a mountain family as they experience life on the farm, a war, death, and the intense and satisfying love and support that only family can give.