Civil War cannon gets new plaza, new sendoff

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Old Val Verde, the Civil War cannon on display at Mexia’s Confederate Reunion Grounds, has a new metal carriage, which will allow those seeing the cannon to get much closer to it. The Texas Historical Commission has renovated the area around the historic cannon, removing the chain that used to surround it and adding a ramp to make it more accessible. Shown with the new display is Dixie Hoover, site manager of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Mexia News photo/ Roxanne McKnight

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site invites the public to attend an open house and ribbon cutting for the newly designed plaza for the Old Val Verde cannon. The event is hosted by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Admission is free.

The schedule of events begins at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony for raising of flags and cannon firing provided by the 12th Texas Artillery, a living history organization that interprets the Old Val Verde cannon for its Civil War history. The group will be providing interpretation to include federal action with the Chicago Mercantile Battery, as well as Confederate action with the Val Verde Battery. As well, living historians will be discussing United Confederate Veteran history for the cannon as it traveled Texas during late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Additionally, visitors will be able to visit living history encampments, as well as enjoy the Sweet Song String Band playing Civil War-era music beneath the shade of the towering burr oaks. Concessions will be provided by the Friends of the Confederate Reunion Grounds. Funds raised through concessions will be used for future preservation projects, such as the new Old Val Verde Plaza.

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