JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Civil War buffs in northeast Arkansas are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Jonesboro.
A group met at Jonesboro's Southern Heritage Confederate Park on Thursday to remember the battle that took place Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 in 1862. Seven Union soldiers were killed and eight were taken prisoner. One Confederate soldier - Lt. Augustus Ellison of Bloomfield, Mo. - was killed.
The Jonesboro Sun reports (http://is.gd/hGbX7N) that a replica cannon was dedicated Thursday and a changing of flags ceremony was conducted. The ceremony also featured a three-volley gun salute conducted by re-enactors in full Confederate dress.
Danny Honnoll, the commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Jonesboro, says his group hopes to raise about $80,000 for a commemorative statue in the park.
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