I can remember as a child in the 1960’s riding with my mom & dad through cemeteries in Red Wing, Minnesota on Memorial Day and looking at the flags. I especially remember Calvary Cemetery for some reason?
Wikipedia says it well… Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war.
I have 3 GGGrandUncles who died in service during the Civil War I remember on Memorial Day… two didn’t have the chance to marry and have children.
My Civil War Veteran GGGrandfather Eugene Warren Ripley’s older half-brother Francis Alden Ripley died at Andersonville Civil War Prison in Georgia…Find-A-Grave has good information on Francis or Alden as his friends called him at Andersonville. A survivor wrote about their time in Andersonville for a local paper in Otsego County. The Otsego County Genweb Site has included it on there site. Francis had family and I’m sure his descendants think of him also. The Cemetery where his wife and two of his children are buried was just down the street from Glen Highland Farm. I was so glad to be able to visit and add pictures to their Find-A-Grave Records.
|RIPLEY, FRANCIS A|
|PVT C 152 NY INF|
|DATE OF DEATH: 10/19/1864|
|BURIED AT: SECTION H SITE 11163|
|ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL CEMETERY|
|496 CEMETERY ROAD ANDERSONVILLE, GA 31711|
|RIPLEY, C L|
|DATE OF DEATH: 04/22/1862|
|BURIED AT: SECTION B SITE 4184|
|HAMPTON NATIONAL CEMETERY|
|CEMETERY ROAD AT MARSHALL AVENUE HAMPTON, VA 23669|
And my Civil War Veteran GGGrandfather Levi Showalter’s brother Christopher Christian Showalter who died at Gettysburg of his wounds and is buried at Gettysburg National Cemetery . His Find-A-Grave has more information.
|SHOWALTERS, CHRISTOPHER C|
|PVT A 27 IND INF|
|BURIED AT: SECTION C SITE 11|
|GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK|
|97 TANEY TOWN ROAD GETTYSBURG, PA 17325|