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Memorial Day and the Civil War Resources

Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was originally known began after the Civil War as mourners decorated the graves of soldiers lost in the war.  Grand review of the great veteran armies of Grant and Sherman at Washington, on the 23d and 24th May, 1865Approximately 620,000 soliders lost their lives in the war with about 60% of the casualties from the North and 40% from the South.   David Blight tells us of the beginnings of this holiday and more in his book Race and Reunion: the Civil War in American Memory on pages 65-70.   I recently created a guide that lists some of our best books on the American Civil War - http://guides.rcls.org/civilwar.

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