COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina is marking Confederate Memorial Day, although with perhaps less pomp and circumstance than in years past.
State government offices are closed Tuesday to mark the holiday, which is held annually on May 10. That’s the day when Southern Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died in 1863 after he was wounded by Confederate troops in Chancellorsville, Virginia.
It’s also the day when Union troops captured fleeing Southern President Jefferson Davis in Georgia in 1865 after the war ended.
This year marks the holiday’s first since the Confederate flag’s removal from the Statehouse grounds last July. That followed a roiling debate sparked by the shootings of nine black churchgoers. A white man who had posed with the flag is charged in those deaths.