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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.”

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Whitehall (c. 1843)

Open by appointment. Circa 1843 NATIONAL REGISTER HISTORIC DISTRICT   This pillared mansion was built near the street, although the property extended over an entire city block; it includes gardens,…

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Upcoming Events

Lion Hills Golf Course Ladies Scramble

25 Aug 2017

This golf event is hosted by Lion Hills Center and Golf Course, 2331 Military Road,…
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Reception honoring Rep. Tyrone Ellis

26 Aug 2017

Saturday, August 26, at 6 p.m., a reception to honor retiring State Representative Tyrone Ellis…
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The Sumic Trio performs

27 Aug 2017

Sunday, August 27, at 2 p.m., the Columbus Arts Council presents The Sumic Trio, three…
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