Friday, April 25, 2008

Confederate Memorial Day: A Tribute


If you’re at all familiar with this blog, you know by now that it’s not often that we have a serious entry or write about something personal. We’d like to take some time today and deviate from our usual format. Both of us had direct ancestors who fought in the Civil War, on both the Union and Confederate sides. Even though our ancestors fought on opposite sides, we honor them by standing together today in our respect and gratitude.

Confederate Memorial Day is a day set aside in the South to pay tribute to those who served with the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. It is observed on April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; on May 10 in North Carolina and South Carolina; on May 30 in Virginia; and on June 3 in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

"At least 618,000 Americans died in the Civil War, and some experts say the toll reached 700,000.

The Union armies had from 2,500,000 to 2,750,000 men. Their losses, by the best estimates:
Battle deaths: 110,070
Disease, etc.: 250,152
Total 360,222

The Confederate strength, known less accurately because of missing records, was from 750,000 to 1,250,000. Its estimated losses:
Battle deaths: 94,000
Disease, etc.: 164,000
Total 258,000"

Photo courtesy of The Civil War


terocious said...

I had no idea there was a confederate memorial day much less that it is, somewhat fittingly, celebrated on different days in different states. War is important by nature but the importance of this War on the soul and psyche of hour nation cannot be over emphasized.

Thank You.

webduck said...

Thank you for this wonderful post about our ancestors who served on the Confederate side. I am one of the many who have the same history in my family. I write about genealogical topics on iPentimento and you are all welcome to visit anytime. Love this blog and I am trying to be a regular Entrecard dropper. :)

Margie and Edna said...

Thank you both for posting. I agree, Tero, this war took its' own special toll. It is still, by the way, the cause of many modern conflicts in the South.

Thank you, webduck. I love your blog and also try to be a regular dropper. I'll come visit shortly.

Come visit us again, ya'll.

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