Confederate Memorial Day in USA in 2024

Confederate Memorial Day in USA in 2024
The surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 9 April 1865. Reproduction of a painting by Thomas Nast Image via Granger Historical Picture Archive
  How long until Confederate Memorial Day?
Confederate Memorial Day
  Dates of Confederate Memorial Day in USA
2025 Jan 19, Apr 28, May 9
South CarolinaFri, May 9Government Holiday
AlabamaMon, Apr 28Government Holiday
MississippiMon, Apr 28Not A Public Holiday
TexasSun, Jan 19Government Holiday
2024 Jan 19, Apr 22, Apr 29, May 10
South CarolinaFri, May 10Government Holiday
MississippiMon, Apr 29Not A Public Holiday
AlabamaMon, Apr 22Government Holiday
TexasFri, Jan 19Government Holiday
2023 Jan 19, Apr 24, May 10
South CarolinaWed, May 10Government Holiday
AlabamaMon, Apr 24Government Holiday
MississippiMon, Apr 24Not A Public Holiday
TexasThu, Jan 19Government Holiday
2022 Jan 19, Apr 25, May 10
South CarolinaTue, May 10Government Holiday
AlabamaMon, Apr 25Government Holiday
MississippiMon, Apr 25Not A Public Holiday
TexasWed, Jan 19Government Holiday
2021 Jan 19, Apr 26, May 10
South CarolinaMon, May 10Government Holiday
AlabamaMon, Apr 26Government Holiday
MississippiMon, Apr 26Not A Public Holiday
TexasTue, Jan 19Government Holiday

In memory of the members of the Conderate States Army who died in combat in the Civil War

  Which regions observe Confederate Memorial Day in 2024?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

Confederate Memorial Day in Mississippi

Under the provisions of Section 3-3-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, the last Monday of April is the day for the observance of Confederate Memorial Day as a legal holiday in the State of Mississippi.

What is Confederate Memorial Day?

Confederate Memorial Day is observed as a State Holiday in several US states on different days.

Despite the difference in what event the different dates represent, the day is intended to honour those who lost their lives in the American Civil War.

History of Confederate Memorial Day

The American Civil War was fought in the United States from April 1861 to 1865.

On April 26th 1865 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston agreed to surrender to General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina.

The agreement disbanded all active Confederate forces in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, totalling 89,270 soldiers, as the largest group to surrender during the Civil War.

This effectively marked the end of the American Civil War, in which around 290,000 Confederate troops had lost their lives.

The custom of a memorial day can be traced back to the year after the war, when in the spring of 1866 the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia, passed a resolution to set aside one day annually to memorialize the Confederate war dead.

Mary Ann Williams, the association secretary, was directed to pen a letter inviting ladies associations in every former Confederate state to join them in the observance. Their invitation was written in March 1866 and sent to all of the principal cities in the former Confederacy. The actual date for the holiday was selected by Elizabeth Rutherford Ellis. She chose April 26th, the first anniversary of Confederate General Johnston's surrender at Bennett Place. 

The first official celebration of Confederate Memorial Day as a public holiday was after a proclamation by the state legislature of Georgia in 1874. The lack of clarity on when to observe the holiday meant that by 1916, it was being celebrated by different states on various dates. Ten states were celebrating on June 3rd, the birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Other states chose late April dates, or May 10th, which was the date when Davis was captured near Irwinville, Georgia .

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