Origin of Memorial day. From Richmond, Va., Times-dispatch, November 26, 1909.
Because there has been some confusion between the Memorial Day
observed by the women of the South
since the war between the States and the day adopted for the decoration of the graves of Northern soldiers who fell in the same war, the following account, written for the New York Herald
by Mrs. John A. Logan
, is given here.
writes: ‘In the spring of 1868 General Logan
and I were invited to visit the battle-grounds of the South
with a party of friends.
The South had been desolated by the war. The graves of her soldiers, however, seemed objects of the greatest care and attention.
One grave yard that struck me as being specially pathetic was in Richmond
Just before our visit there had been a memorable observance, and upon each grave there had been placed a small Confederate flag and wreaths of beautiful flowers.
When I returned to Washington
, I spoke of it to the general and said I wished there could be concerted action of this kind all over the North
for the decoration of our own soldiers' graves.
At that time General Logan
was commander-in-chief of the Grand Army
The next day he sent for Adjutant-General Chipman
, and they conferred as to the best means of beginning a general observance.
On May 5 of 1868, the historic order was issued.’