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The first Memorial Day... Death of Kit Carson...

Item # 661279

May 30, 1868

NEW YORK HERALD, May 30, 1868  History tell us that the very first official Memorial Day was in 1868. In that year General John A. Logan established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, various Union and Confederate memorial traditions, celebrated on different days, merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
This issue reports that very first Memorial Day celebration in the page 8 article: "Honors To The Heroic Dead" "The Patriotic Duty of To-day--The Ceremonies of Decorating Soldiers' Graves". The report begins: "To-day will be memorable from the fact that it is the first occasion on which the touching ceremony which has long prevailed in the South, of decorating with flowers in the spring time the graves of our dead has been adopted in the North..." with much more, taking half a column.
Also of interest is a page 10 article: "Death of Kit Carson".
Twelve pages, a printing error to an inside page is not close to mentioned content, nice condition.

Item from Catalog 286 (released for September, 2019)...

Category: Post-Civil War

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