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A Mississippi town remembers its Civil War history by lighting 12,000 luminaries each November. by Debi Lander This Saturday, the city of Corinth, Mississippi, will recall its history with the staging of the Grand Illumination: the fourth annual lighting of 12,000 luminaries on the battlefield and throughout historic downtown venues. Hundreds of volunteers will assemble to light candles in honor of the men, from both the South and North, who lost their lives during the Siege and Battle of Corinth in 1862. Rows and rows of flickering candlelight resembling tombstones will materialize across the poignant landscape like a haunting sunset view of Arlington Cemetery. The Illumination and events throughout the weekend associated with it have been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. On both Saturday and Sunday, attendees can visit with living history enactors who will camp and give demonstrations at the Civil War Interpretive Center. Cannons will also be fired at different intervals throughout the day on Saturday and once on Sunday afternoon. A special, and surprising, guest, former zookeeper and Texan Doug Baum, will be the highlight of the weekend when he arrives with a camel to re-enact the part of Old Douglas, the mascot of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry. How

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We got a direct message earlier today from Twitter friend @KnitoriousMEG telling us about her most recent yarn bomb. For those of you not familiar with the yarn bomb (we only recently learned about them), it's the practice of knitting pieces for public spaces. You could call it graffiti knitting, but we like to think of it as graffiti with a little more class. Well, KnitoriousMEG has been yarn bombing Richmond, Virginia, for a little over a year now. She says her favorite things to tag are "something that once served a purpose but now doesn’t, like a signpost with no sign." The target of her April yarn bomb does in fact serve a historical purpose, but we think you'll agree it looks much better with some embellishment. Richmond's Monument Avenue cannon, situated between Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, now sports a cozy, colorful cover in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. To see more photos and find out what KnitoriousMEG bombs next, visit her blog, like her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

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