The contested Confederate roots of Memorial Day

In July 1866, a New York newspaper reported on a "grand gathering" of Union veterans in Salem, Illinois. Gen. John A. Logan, head of the fraternal group the Grand Army...

Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy at the Confederate Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery in 1922. Recent scholarship indicates women in the South may have started the tradition that led to Memorial Day as a national holiday. Photo: Library of Congress.

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