Confederate Heroes' Day in Texas in 2020

Confederate Heroes' Day in Texas in 2020
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 Heroes' Day?
This holiday next takes place in 181 days.
  Dates of Confederate Heroes' Day in Texas
2021 Tue, Jan 19Government Holiday
2020 Sun, Jan 19Government Holiday
2019 Sat, Jan 19Government Holiday
2018 Fri, Jan 19Government Holiday
2017 Thu, Jan 19Government Holiday
  Summary
In memory of the members of the Conderate States Army who died in combat in the Civil War

Confederate Heroes' Day in Texas

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.

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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