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Columbus in Muscogee County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Confederate Memorial Day

 
 
Confederate Memorial Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
1. Confederate Memorial Day Marker
Inscription. The first Confederate Memorial Day service in Columbus was held on this site (St. Luke Methodist Church) on April 26, 1866. The program was under the auspices of the Ladies’ Memorial Association, which was organized in the early Spring of 1866 for the purpose of holding a Memorial service each year honoring the Confederate dead.

April 26, anniversary of the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston, was selected as a suitable date for Memorial Day. The Secretary of the Ladies’ Memorial Association of Columbus wrote to the Southern press proposing that the entire South join in the custom of an annual Confederate Memorial Day and suggesting April 26 as the date. The custom was inaugurated throughout the South and the date suggested was adopted. Since then, Confederate Memorial Services have been held in Columbus annually on that date.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-15.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 32° 28.011′ N, 84° 59.415′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and 11th Street, on the right when traveling
Confederate Memorial Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
2. Confederate Memorial Day Marker
Looking north, with 2nd Street (torn up for roadwork) to the left
north on 2nd Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1104 2nd Avenue, Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbian Lodge No. 7, Free & Accepted Masons Columbus, Georgia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Dr. Thomas H. Brewer (about 700 feet away); Red Jacket (approx. 0.2 miles away); Springer Opera House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Hospitals (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Civil
 
Confederate Memorial Day Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 20, 2012
3. Confederate Memorial Day Marker
St. Luke United Methodist Church is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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