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Ceremony for Civil War Colonel Monday in Valpo

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On Monday, the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail will be hosting a ceremony honoring a Valparaiso Civil War veteran who would later go on to become Mayor of Valparaiso. Marc Chase, who heads the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project, says Colonel Issac Suman commanded what was known as the “Bloody 9th” Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. Chase says the ceremony is being held Monday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, at Hell's half-acre, in Murfreesboro, Tennesee, where Colonel Suman, who commanded a hundred or so Northwest Indiana soldiers, survived gunshot wounds. The ceremony will take place at Maplewood Cemetery, just south of U-S 30 in Valparaiso, at 11am, and a new granite marker will also be placed at the foot of the colonel's existing headstone, honoring his war-time sacrifices.

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