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Va. ceremony to honor Civil War dead

Monday - 5/27/2013, 3:10am  ET

VARINA, Va. (AP) -- Civil War sailors and soldiers will be remembered at a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Harrison National Cemetery in Varina.

The program and wreath-laying Monday is planned at a cemetery that contains the remains of more than 800 Civil War dead. The ceremony is sponsored by the Richmond National Battlefield Park and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Located approximately 8 miles southeast of Richmond, the cemetery contains the remains of many who fought at the nearby Battle of New Market Heights in May 1864.

The memorial service will include a talk by Jimmy Price, the author of "The Battle of New Market Heights: Freedom Will Be Theirs by the Sword." The talk is part of the national park's continuing commemoration of the Civil War's sesquicentennial.

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