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Memorial Day Order

General Orders, No. 11.

 
 
G.A.R. Memorial Day Order Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
1. G.A.R. Memorial Day Order Marker
Inscription. 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 sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread
Monuments in Northwest Corner of Former Prison Stockade image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2008
2. Monuments in Northwest Corner of Former Prison Stockade
rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

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 Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every
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By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
3. Memorial Day Order Marker
View of the Memorial Day Order plaque affixed to the right side of the monument stone, along with the Gettysburg Address plaque, which is affixed to the left side of the monument stone.
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.
 
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. Touch for map. Monument is grouped with other monuments in the northwest corner of the former prison stockade, inside the Andersonville National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
 
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 shouting distance of this marker); 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
Memorial Day Order Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
4. Memorial Day Order Marker
View of the historical marker looking west toward some of the additional historical monuments and markers that are located at the Andersonville prison.
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.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, US Civil
 
Memorial Day Order Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
5. Memorial Day Order Marker
View of the historical marker looking south toward some of the additional historical monuments and markers that are located at the Andersonville prison.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 942 times since then and 33 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.
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