Corinth plans Civil War ceremonies

By The Associated Press

CORINTH – Ceremonies commemorating Confederate Memorial Day are planned on Sunday at the Corinth Civil War Intrepretive Center.

The Daily Corinthian reports the two-part program will begin at 2 p.m. in the center’s auditorium with a keynote address by E. Curt Fields portraying Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Lost Cause: A Confederate String Band — a local troupe of musicians — will perform.

The second half of the program will move outside and will include a wreath-laying at the grave of Col. William P. Rogers, a Confederate hero of the Battle of Corinth.

“This will be our 21st year in honoring those Confederate soldiers who went off to war to fight for Southern Independence,” said Larry Mangus, commander of Corinth’s Col. W.P. Rogers Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Mangus said Fields is a Sons of Confederate Veterans member whose ancestors fought for the Confederacy. “Unfortunately he just happens to resemble General Grant instead of another Confederate general,” Mangus jokingly explained.

Fields’ address — “They Did Their Best” — will focus on the respect Grant had for the average Confederate soldier.

Members of the camp have placed more than 300 Confederate flags on the graves of Confederate soldiers in a three-county area in commemoration of Confederate History Month in Mississippi.