For Miss., an angst-filled Civil War anniversary

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be tricky in Mississippi, with its history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

This photograph provided by the Library of Virginia William Henry Taylor, left, and Stephen Stewart, members of the 11th Virginia Infantry.. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Library of Virginia)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War can be tricky in Mississippi, with its history of racial strife and a state flag that still bears the Confederate battle emblem.

Well-intentioned people who work for racial reconciliation say slavery was morally indefensible. Still, some confess admiration for Confederate troops who fought for home and country.

Black Mississippians express pride that some ancestors were Union soldiers who fought to end slavery.

The state is taking a decidedly muted and scholarly approach to commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.

Re-enactments have taken place at battlefields near Tupelo and are planned soon near Iuka. Several events are expected in 2013 to mark the 1863 siege of Vicksburg, which gave the Union control of the Mississippi River


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