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Decoration Day

During the Civil War, Columbus served as a hospital town where more than 3,000 wounded soldiers – many from the Battle of Shiloh – were brought for recovery. Thousands more suffered mortal wounds and were laid to rest in the town’s Friendship Cemetery. 

 

In 1866, a group of women from Columbus gathered to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers.  These women made no distinction between Confederate and Union soldiers and, thus, began the nation’s healing process following a divisive Civil War. 

 

A newspaper excerpt from April 26, 1866, recounted the deed, saying: “We are glad to see that no distinction was made between our own Confederate dead and Federal soldiers who slept their last sleep by them. It proved the exalted, unselfish tone of the female character. Confederate and Federal – once enemies, now friends – receiving their tribute of respect.”

 

Judge F.M. Finch, a poet from New York who happened to be in Columbus that day, immortalized the gesture in a poem called “The Blue and the Gray.”  

 

Decoration Day became our nation’s first Memorial Day observance and Columbus is proud to be remembered as the city “where flowers healed a nation.”

R.E. Hunt Museum

The R. E. Hunt Museum & Cultural Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2011 and supported by alumni, volunteers and friends.   R. E. Hunt opened its…

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Upcoming Events

Live 2 Lead

16 Dec 2017

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Courtyard Marriott, Columbus Tickets, Sponsor, and Vendor Information: www.live2leadcolumbus2017.eventbrite.com John…
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A Night with The Menders

22 Dec 2017

Friday, Dec. 22, the Columbus Arts Council and Hope Community Church present "A Night with…
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Mississippi Theater Assocation

11 Jan 2018

Welcome Mississippi Theater Association members to Columbus! January 11-14, 2018
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