Front: Southern mothers, widows, sisters, daughters and sweethearts tended to the graves of their fallen heroes from the outset of the Northern War for Southern Conquest. Provided of course, their remains were returned to them. In many instances that took years; if at all. That invasion took twenty-five percent of Southern manhood and the women left behind were devastated by the result. For many the only thing left was the sweet memory of that loved one. Homes were deliberately burned, personal possessions looted or destroyed, property confiscated, leaving the ladies at the mercy of their captors. Yet, in spite of the (continues on back)
Back: Hardship and sneers of the carpetbaggers they persevered, resulting in most every Confederate Monument standing today. It was only when the wife of Federal Major General John F. Logan saw some pretty Confederate graves in Petersburg, Virginia in 1868 and suggested to her husband that someone should look after his soldiers graves in the same way, that the idea crept into Yankee culture. His order subsequently decreed May 30 as National Decoration Day that morphed into Memorial Day. Thus it is that the sacrifice of those who gave their lives defending independence and inspired that remembrance are sadly today forbidden to be remembered.