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Civil War Veterans Telling Stories and Joking Around: Memorial Day 1930

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Channel: Life in the 1800s
Categories: Government & Politics   |   Society / Culture   |   Social Science  
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Veterans of the Civil War gathering together on May 30, 1930, Memorial Day.
At 0:44, one veteran describes the history of celebrating Memorial Day and how his corps commander, John A. Logan, was the key figure involved in starting the tradition. Logan (February 9, 1826 December 26, 1886) was an American soldier and politician. He served in the MexicanAmerican War and was a general in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He served the state of Illinois as a State Senator, a Congressman, and a U.S. Senator and was an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States with James G. Blaine in the election of 1884. As the 3rd Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, he is regarded as the most important figure in the movement to recognize Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) as an official holiday.

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