Civil War monument to be dedicated in Keyes Park | Community Spirit
DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - Community leaders, residents of DuQuoin, Civil War re-enactors, and local clergy will come together on October 6 to dedicate a memorial to those from Du Quoin who perished during the Civil War.
After research by lifelong Du Quoin resident Joe Stephens, it was found that 93 men from Du Quoin had died during the civil war. Many of those who perished died at the Battle of Corinth Mississippi, and were credited for engaging in combat which turned the battles tide to the Union’s favor.
October 3 and 4 will mark the 150th anniversary of that battle.
The dedication ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m. October 6, with a re-enactors encampment, including the firing of a civil war era cannon every half hour until noon.
The ceremonies will begin with prayer at noon, remarks by Du Quoin mayor John Rednour, and remarks by the chairman of the memorials organizing committee Joe Stephens. Also included in the ceremonies will be the reading of the events which transpired at the battle of Corinth, reading of the 93 names, a 21 gun salute, three-shot cannon salute, flag placement on the memorial and the playing of taps.
Food and beverage will be made available with the proceeds benefiting the local chapter of the Future Farmers of America. The public is welcome to attend this event.
For more information you may contact Joe Stephens at 618-318-5030.
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