Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Civil War Buffs Honor `Forgotten' Gen. Grant City Hall Statue to Be Site of Ceremony

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Civil War Buffs Honor `Forgotten' Gen. Grant City Hall Statue to Be Site of Ceremony

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Civil War re-enactors here plan to salute a man they say St. Louis has largely forgotten: Gen. U.S. Grant.

At 7 tonight, a dozen men in Civil War uniforms and four or five women in period garb will gather at the statue of Grant outside City Hall for a half-hour ceremony. The drill will include the laying of a wreath and will end with a volley from Civil War-style firearms.

"Lots of St. Louisans don't even know the statue is there," says the man who will lead the event, Stan Prater of High Ridge.

In everyday life, Prater installs computer networks. But whenever he can, he becomes Capt. Prater of the 8th Missouri Infantry, a band of about two dozen Civil War buffs who re-enact Civil War soldiering.

The real 8th Missouri served for a time under Grant, and its 20th-century recreators feel a debt to him. Tonight's ceremony will mark the 110th anniversary of the death of the general.

(Slater's ceremony will be five days late; the actual date of Grant's death was July 23, 1885. …

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