2 Civil War Sesquicentennial events in Memphis

The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans two Civil War Sesquicentennial ceremonies Wednesday in Memphis.

Confederate battle flags fly outside the museum at the Confederate Memorial Park in Mountain Creek, Ala., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. More than 60,000 Confederate veterans came home to Alabama after the Civil War, and residents are still paying a tax that supported them 150 years after the fighting began. The tax now pays for the park, which is located on the same 102-acre tract where elderly veterans used to stroll. The tax once brought in millions for Confederate pensions, but lawmakers sliced up the levy and sent money elsewhere as the men and their wives died. No one has seriously challenged the continued use of the money for a memorial to the �Lost Cause,� although a long-serving black legislator wants to eliminate state funding for the park. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Sons of Confederate Veterans plans two Civil War Sesquicentennial ceremonies Wednesday in Memphis.

One will mark the 150th anniversary of the 1862 naval battle of Memphis, including a re-enactment of the surrender of the city to Union forces. Scheduled participants include Shelby County historian Ed Williams and Dr. Doug Cupples of Christian Brothers University.

The other will unveil and dedicate the return of Civil War cannons to Confederate Park. The group said in a news release that it raised funds to place four replica 1861 cannons in the park.


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