Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia in 2019

Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia in 2019
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?
There are no upcoming dates for this event
  Dates of Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia
2018 Mon, Apr 23Government Holiday
2017 Mon, Apr 24Government Holiday
2016 Mon, Apr 25Government Holiday
2015 Mon, Apr 27Government Holiday
  Summary
A day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War

What is Confederate Memorial Day?

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.

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