The surrender of General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, 9 April 1865. Reproduction of a painting by Thomas Nast. by Granger Historical Picture Archive
When is Confederate Memorial Day?
How long until Confederate Memorial Day?
|This holiday next takes place in 91 Days.|
Dates of Confederate Memorial Day in 2019
|Texas||Confederate Heroes' Day||19 January 2019|
|Alabama||Confederate Memorial Day||22 April 2019|
|Georgia||State Holiday||22 April 2019|
|Mississippi||Confederate Memorial Day||29 April 2019|
|South Carolina||Confederate Memorial Day||10 May 2019|
|Confederate Memorial Day is a statutory holiday in Alabama to remember the estimated 258,000 Confederates who died in the Civil War|
Confederate Memorial Day is observed 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 26 April 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.
Confederate Memorial Day by State
Confederate Memorial Day is a state holiday in Alabama on the fourth Monday in April. It has been an official holiday in the state since 1901.
Georgia renamed Confederate Memorial Day as 'State Holiday' in 2015. Before 2015, this holiday was celebrated as Confederate Memorial Day.
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.
South Carolina celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the weekday nearest May 10, marking the day Confederate Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died from pneumonia in 1863. The day became official after a 2000 bill passed, adding both Confederate Memorial Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day to the list of official holidays. All non-essential state employees will have the day off and state government offices will close.
In Texas this holiday is called Confederate Heroes Day and held on January 19 each year. It has been a state holiday since 1973, when two existing state holidays: Confederate General Robert E. Lee's birthday on January 19 and the birthday of Jefferson Davis on June 3 were consolidated. In some years, it may fall on the same day as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.