Unknown soldiers

to be honored

RIPLEY – At 4 p.m. today a group of local residents will honor the memory of two unknown Union soldiers buried in Ripley whose graves recently have been identified with markers.

The event is noteworthy because such events usually are reserved for Confederate dead in the South, said Ripley police Chief Bert Conely, a retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant who will play “Taps” during the ceremony.

The soldiers lost their lives July 7, 1864, during the Whitten Branch skirmish, Conely said. The Tippah County Historical Society ordered markers for the graves through the Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Program Service.

The graves are in a cemetery on residential property at 307 N. Jackson St., Ripley, where the ceremony will take place.

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