The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau | 117 Third Street South | P.O. Box 789 | Columbus, MS 39703 | 662.329.1191 | 800.327.2686
Partly Cloudy
71.1°
Columbus, MS
Partly Cloudy
Mint JulepCalendarInteractive Map

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,…

For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

Lion Hills Summer Junior Golf Camps

27 Jun 2017

Lion Hills Center and Golf Course, 2331 Military Road, Columbus, will host Junior Golf Camps…
> Read More

Sounds of Summer Concert Series

29 Jun 2017

Sounds of Summer at the Columbus Riverwalk This week: Deacon Jones and the Late Night!…
> Read More

FIREWORKS ON THE WATER 2017

01 Jul 2017

COME CELEBRATE OUR NATION'S INDEPENDENCE DAY and MISSISSIPPI'S BICENTENNIAL! At Fireworks on the Water Saturday,…
> Read More

Click here for the Complete List of Upcoming Events.
ABOUT | ATTRACTIONS | UPCOMING EVENTS | VISITOR’S GUIDE | CURRENT NEWS | GRANT PROGRAM | MEDIA | CONTACT US
©2013 The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau. All rights reserved.
P.O. Box 789 | Columbus, MS 39703 | 662.329.1191 | 800.327.2686 | Privacy Policy
visitor's guide