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Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication to be held in Houston

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Features

On Saturday, July 12, a Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration and soldier grave rededication will be held at Silver Creek Cemetery in Houston at 10:30 a.m. The service will commemorate the Battle of Tupelo in Mississippi that was fought on July 14/15, 1864.

The service will honor Private Joseph Cox, who was seriously wounded at the Battle of Tupelo and died upon his return home from those injuries. A new stone marker will be unveiled at the service at Silver Creek Cemetery, Private Cox’s final resting place.

The event will include presentations by state and local dignitaries, as well as historians. The Houston American Legion Color Guard, Rushford American Legion Riders, and Civil Warreenactors will all take part in the commemoration service.

“It’s a huge privilege to be able to honor the veterans,” said Riquell Witt from Silver Creek Cemetery, “By doing the dedications, even though the events happened 150 years ago, it shows our appreciation for the veterans and that their sacrifices are not forgotten.”

The event is hosted by the Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and Silver Creek Cemetery Association. The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

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