Scene at Germanna Ford, 6th Corps returning from Mine Run, Nov-Dec. 1863. Sketch by Alfred Randolph Waud (1828-1891). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LOC # LC-DIG-ppmsca-21056.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day in the United States, which was originally called ”Decoration Day”. It was celebrated originally on May 30 in the Northern states, while the Southern states had their own observances ranging from April to June. It was not officially called “Memorial Day” until 1967, when the date of its celebration was moved from the traditional May 30 to the last Monday in May (which, appropriately, happens to be May 30 this year).
Originally to commemorate those who died in the American Civil War, Memorial Day was changed after WWI to become a memorial of all American armed forces dead. [It’s Fall counterpart – Veterans’ Day – was originally called “Armistice Day” and fell on Nov. 11, the day the first World War ended. It became Veterans Day after the second World War.]
To honor those who serve, and those for whom this holiday was originally a memorial, this week I give you images of the Civil War.
Today’s image is a sketch by an artist by the name of Alfred Randolph Waud, who produced numerous sketches of events and people he witnessed during the Civil War. It shows soldiers marching, returning from battle. You can see their camp off to the right, behind the house, and a destroyed bridge in the left background.
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