Jefferson City removes disputed Confederate general marker

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A Civil War monument sits on Moreau Drive Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020, with a sign that reads “On this day the Confederates turned away Oct. 7, 1864” marking the anniversary of the event in Jefferson City, Missouri. The City Council in Missouri’s capital has voted to remove the marker that has been the center of controversy in the city for four months which is dedicated to Confederate Gen. Sterling Price. The marker states that Price had planned to attack Jefferson City in October 1874 but eventually bypassed the city. (Julie Smith/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The City Council in Missouri’s capital city approved removing a Civil War marker dedicated to a Confederate general amid a dispute about the accuracy of its description.

The marker is dedicated to Confederate Gen. Sterling Price. It claims that Price planned to attack Jefferson City in Oct. 1874 but instead bypassed the city.

Critics questioned that version of events.

They also noted the marker was dedicated in 1933 by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which had strong ties to the Ku Klux Klan.

The council voted Monday night to remove the marker. City crews moved it on Tuesday.

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