Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Memorial Day Order
General Orders, No. 11.
Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868
I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with
If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude-the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this
III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective. By command of-
JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander in Chief. N. P. CHIPMAN, Adjutant General.
Erected 1929 by National Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the The Grand Army of the Republic series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1847.
Location. 32° 11.815′ N, 84° 7.762′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Marker is at the intersection of Prison Site Road and Cemetery Road, on the left when traveling south on Prison Site Road. Monument is grouped with other monuments in the northwest corner of the former prison stockade, inside the Andersonville National Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wisconsin (a few steps from this marker); Rhode Island (within shouting distance of this marker); 6 - pounder Field Gun (within Father Peter Whelan (within shouting distance of this marker); Lizabeth A. Turner (within shouting distance of this marker); Patriotic Work of the National Woman's Relief Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); 3 - inch Ordnance Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Address (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
Also see . . . Andersonville National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on October 6, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,060 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2011, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.