Some folks call the War Between the States, 1861-1865, a lost cause but stories of the heroic- brave men and women who stood for Southern Independence are still cherished in the hearts and souls of many people throughout the South.
Why do people remember?
Tennessee Senator Edward Ward Carmack may have said it best in 1903; quote The Confederate Soldiers were our kinfolk and our heroes. We testify to the country our enduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things that were not surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history; nor was it one of the conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of the Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of the war, the causes that led up to it and the principles involved. unquote
That may be why .
The South still remembers the men and women of the Confederate States of America who came from all races and religions that include: Cuban born Confederate Colonel Ambrosio Jose Gonzales, Irish-born General Patrick R. Cleburne, Black Confederate drummer Bill Yopp, Mexican born Colonel Santos Benavides, Cherokee Born General Stand Watie and Jewish born Confederate Nurse Phoebe Pember who was the first female administrator of Chimboraza Hospital in Richmond, Virginia where she served until the end of the war.
In Richmond, Virginia there is a final resting place for Southern war dead. It is called the only Jewish military cemetery in the world outside the State of Israel. Here are the remains of Jewish soldiers who fought for the Confederacy.
A plaque was erected here by the Hebrew Ladies Memorial Association, organized in 1866, and lists the names of the soldiers buried here. The inscription reads: "To the glory of God and in memory of The Hebrew Confederate Soldiers resting in this hallowed spot." The State of Georgia has officially recognized April 26th as Confederate Memorial Day since 1874....And proclamations have been signed by Southern governors, commemorating April as Confederate History and Heritage Month since 1995.
Efforts to mark Confederate graves, erect monuments and hold memorial services were the idea of Mrs. Charles J. Williams. She was an educated and kind lady. Her husband served as Colonel of the 1st Georgia Regiment during the War Between the States. He died of disease in 1862, and was buried in his home town of Columbus, Georgia.
Mrs. Williams and her daughter visited his grave often and cleared the weeds, leaves and twigs from it, then placed flowers on it. Her daughter also pulled the weeds from other Confederate graves near her Father.
It saddened the little girl that their graves were unmarked. With tears of pride she said to her Mother, "These are my soldiers' graves." The daughter soon became ill and passed away in her childhood.
On a visit to the graves of her husband and daughter, Mrs. Williams looked at the unkept soldiers' graves and remembered her daughter as she cleaned the graves and what the little girl had said. She knew what she had to do.
Mrs. Williams wrote a letter that was published in Southern newspapers asking the women of the South for their help. She asked that memorial organizations be established to take care of the thousands of Confederate graves from the Potomac River to the Rio Grande. She also asked the state legislatures to set aside a day in April to remember the men who wore the gray. With her leadership April 26 was officially adopted in many states. She died in 1874, but not before her native state of Georgia adopted it as a legal holiday.
The Georgia Division Sons of Confederate Veterans joins the nation in commemorating the Sesquicentennial--150th Anniversary of the War Between the States now through 2015. Read more at: http://www.150wbts.org/
The most devastating war we ever fought on so many levels. The casualties on both sides were just staggering.
The lesson, be evermore careful of who you pick as an enemy.
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Confederate Memorial Day
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Confederate Memorial Day, also known as Confederate Decoration Day (Tennessee) and Confederate Heroes Day (Texas), is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
States and dates observedState Date Remarks
Alabama Fourth Monday in April The surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston to Union General William Sherman on April 26, 1865.
Arkansas Third Monday in January Robert E. Lees birthday (state holiday combined with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day).
Florida April 26 See remarks at Alabama.
Georgia April 26 See remarks at Alabama.
Kentucky June 3 Jefferson Daviss birthday.
Louisiana June 3 Jefferson Daviss birthday. Set by state law, Louisiana Revised Statues 1:55
Maryland First Saturday of June
Mississippi Last Monday in April See remarks at Alabama.
North Carolina May 10 The death of Thomas Stonewall Jackson in 1863 and the capture of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in 1865.
Pennsylvania Second Saturday in May Observed by the Pennsylvania Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
South Carolina May 10 See remarks at North Carolina.
Tennessee June 3 Jefferson Daviss birthday.
Texas January 19 Confederate Heroes Day. In 1973, the Texas legislature combined the previously official state holidays of Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis birthdays into a single Confederate Heroes Day to honor all who had served the Southern Cause. In some years, this date may coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. State offices are partially staffed in recognition of this day.
Texas April 26 Confederate Memorial Day. Texas official holiday is named Confederate Heroes Day and is celebrated on January 19. However, many local communities and Southern historical organizations within the state also observe a separate Confederate Memorial Day on April 26.
Virginia Last Monday in May Same as Memorial Day.
Yeah, but they had one big thing in common...they were all democRATs.
All races and religions? Asians? East Asians? Muslims? Shintos? Hindus? Polynesians? Australian Aborigines?
It is a section of a larger Jewish cemetery. Maybe not so very different from what you could have seen in Europe before WWII.
This subject always brings out the best in all y’all.