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A day of remembrance

May 26, 2013
Mary Burns Deas , The OBSERVER

At least 620,000 died from combat, accident, starvation, and disease. Some deaths were from lesser known battles. Some were from more well-known ones such as Gettysburg and Antietam. Some were from the brutal POW camps of Elmira, N.Y., and Andersonville, Ga. Thousands were buried where they fell or near field hospitals. Although many were later exhumed and reburied in national and Confederate cemeteries, because of the sheer number and varied circumstances, thousands remain in unknown battlefield graves. Of course, these are the men from America's Civil War from 1861 to 1865 and the origins of Memorial Day, our nation's federal holiday which will be celebrated tomorrow.



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