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Mound City, Illinois - Memorial Day 2012


The National Cemetery in Mound City, Illinois Holds a Memorial Day Celebration every year on the Saturday before the holiday. The Lt. George E. Dixon Camp,# 1962 and the Private Spence Blankenship, Camp # 1802, Sons of Confederate Veterans represented the Confederate soldiers buried there. There are over 1000 Confederates buried in the cemetery, only 45 are in marked graves.

Chris Talley - Taps


Chris Tally played Taps during the annual memorial service held at the Confederate Cemetery in Alton, Illinois. The memorial service is sponsored by the Lt. George E. Dixon Camp #1962, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

1354 Confederate Soldiers are buried in unmarked graves. Many died of Smallpox while being held as Prisoners of War.


Confederate Memorial Day marked in city where Civil War began

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Confederate Memorial Day was marked Thursday in the city where the Civil War began with a somber, reflective ceremony in which dozens of descendants of Southern troops described where their ancestors fought and many of them died.

About 100 people gathered on Charleston’s Battery as a wreath was placed at a monument dedicated to the Southern defenders of Charleston. From that spot, one can look across Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter where the April, 1861 bombardment of the Union-held fort plunged the nation into Civil War.

Those attending, many of them members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, wore not Confederate gray but seersucker suits and straw hats under the warm May sun. About three dozen walked to the front of the gathering one at a time and then, some choking with emotion, gave the names, ranks and units of their ancestors and where they fought.

The group then sang “Dixie” and a group of Confederate re-enactors fired a cannon at nearby White Point Garden.

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National Park Service launches Civil War website

EBB3FCA5-155D-4519-3E28D3FD225C08FBWASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial and coinciding with events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, the National Park Service has launched a Civil War themed website that provides an overview of the war, with special emphasis on the Civil War sites administered and preserved by the National Park Service.

The website features a wide range of richly-illustrated content, including stories of the Civil War, ranging from causes of the conflict to its consequences; biographies of notable individuals associated with the war, both military and civilian; places within the National Park System that interpret the Civil War; and information on the ways in which the National Park Service preserves Civil War battlefields, objects, landscapes and other historic resources. New content will be added regularly, so visitors are encouraged to check back to the site often.

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Fall of Confederate Statue Ignites Civil War in Its Home

Residents of a small North Carolina town are at odds over whether to replace a damaged statue that honors Confederate war veterans. WSJ's Cameron McWhirter reports from Reidsville, North Carolina.


REIDSVILLE, N.C.—Mark Anthony Vincent says he was tired and distracted as he drove his van through this city early one morning last May to deliver auto parts, and dozed off. Mr. Vincent says he looked at his GPS just before 4:47 a.m., when the 1999 Chevrolet ran off the road and slammed into a 101-year-old Confederate veterans monument in Reidsville's central roundabout.

The van struck the 32-foot-tall granite pillar, jostling a 6-foot marble statue of a Confederate soldier, which toppled onto the van and broke into at least 10 pieces. The soldier's head slammed through the van's hood, crushing the engine.

"He still had some fight in him," a shaken Mr. Vincent told a television news crew at the time.

The monument's destruction shocked this factory town of 15,000, once called "Lucky City" because it was a major producer of Lucky Strike cigarettes, owned by the former American Tobacco Co.

It also has ignited a civil war of sorts.

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William Charles Kueffner

I spent the morning at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois looking for the grave of former Sheriff Frederick Ropiequet (served in 1866 and 1880).  Found my sheriff and then saw this imposing monument.

William Charles Kueffner (February 27, 1840 – March 18, 1893) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War who served in the 9th Illinois Infantry in the Western Theater in several campaigns. He was later brevetted as a brigadier general for bravery in combat and was a noted attorney in southern Illinois following the war.

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Occupiers denounce Lee Park graffiti

Lee Park vandalism

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By: GRAHAM MOOMAW | The Daily Progress 

Charlottesville officials say they’re not sure who vandalized a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee with a message related to the Occupy Charlottesville movement, but they are asking anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact police immediately.

On Sunday afternoon, the words “Occupy will rise again!” could be seen painted on the base of the Lee statue in black letters large enough to be legible to vehicular traffic on Market Street. City police say they’re not sure exactly when the vandalism occurred, but a caller alerted them to the situation around 3 p.m. Sunday.

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Teen arrested for allegedly stealing sword from Lincoln's Tomb


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A 3-foot copper sword reported missing from the Lincoln Tomb Historic Site last month was recovered and returned to state officials during a news conference in Police Chief Robert Williams' office on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.

The State Journal-Register

A 16-year-old boy arrested Tuesday for stealing the copper sword brandished by a Civil War artillery statue atop the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site wasn’t trying to make money by selling it for scrap, Springfield police said Tuesday.

The boy was arrested after police received a tip from Crime Stoppers Monday. He faces charges of theft and criminal trespass to state-supported property. Two other people also could face criminal trespass charges, police said.

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