Memorial Day Pictures from the 1860s

NH Civil War Gal

Captain
* OFFICIAL *
CWT PRESENTER
Forum Host
Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
Joined
Feb 5, 2017
I would have posted some from the South only I never found any.

4B1A15DF-48AF-4C8E-A6BE-4B7A2D8FC27C.jpeg
C892E2B0-6657-42A1-8644-3FE9A7BD29EE.jpeg
 

RochesterBill

Corporal
Joined
Oct 11, 2016
"Decoration Day," so noted for the flowers strewn at gravesites, was the original name for what became Memorial Day.

The generally accepted first Decoration day was actually held in South Carolina.

When Confederate authorities evacuated Andersonville prison they moved many of the prisoners to a camp set up on a race course near Charleston, where several hundred of them died and were buried in a mass grave.

After Sherman came through, local freedman and black churches dug up the grave and gave each soldier a dignified buried in proper graves.

In May of 1865 they organized a holiday dedicated to decorating the graves, led by 3000 children from the new Freedmens schools carrying arms full of flowers, black church groups, freed slaves, local unionists and Union soldiers including, reportedly,, the 54th Massachusetts, 10,000 people in all,, who paraded to the cemetery and laid flowers on all the graves.
 
Top