Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monument will honor massacre victims

A Civil War battlefield in central Missouri has a new monument honoring 123 Union soldiers who died in one of the war's bloodiest clashes.

The monument in Centralia will be unveiled on Sunday, the 145th anniversary what became known as the Central massacre, according to the Associated Press.

Confederate soldiers who died in the battle have been honored at the site since 2006. The new monument is being unveiled by the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

The 1864 battle followed a guerrilla ambush of a train carrying Union soldiers. The pro-Confederate guerrillas set fire to the Centralia train depot. Among the guerrillas was the outlaw Jesse James.

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