Monthly Archives: May 2015

For the Purpose of Strewing With Flowers: John and Mary Logan and the Establishment of Memorial Day

  Few American holidays have as complex and contested history as Memorial Day. The ritual of placing flowers and flags on the graves of Civil War soldiers may have started while the war was still ongoing, or it may have started in the first years after it ended. Most credit Confederate women’s organizations for starting the practice, while historian David Blight makes a case for its origin with freed slaves in postwar Charleston. Two dozen communities lay claim to the […]