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Decoration-day, 1883

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A large group of politicians and others stand in a cemetery on Memorial Day. Each seems to be grieving at gravestones that bear special messages. Pope Leo XIII stands in front of a stone that states "Here lies my Irish Influence." Ulysses S. Grant places a wreath labeled "Tho' Gone Not Forgotten" at a monument that states "Here Lies the Third Term 1880." Stephen Dorsey and Thomas Brady, arm in arm, stand in front of a stone that states "[Star] Route Here Lies Our Hope of Acquittal." James G. Blaine places a wreath on a stone that states "[He]re Lies My South American Policy." Samuel J. Tilden and Charles A. Dana stand in front of a stone that states "Tilden Boom 1876 Rest in Peace." Clustered around Grant are Roscoe Conkling holding a tattered military standard labeled "Stalwart Battle Flag 1880," J. D. Cameron on crutches labeled "1882," John A. Logan as a drummer with number "306" on his drum strap, and Thomas C. Platt as a little girl. Also grouped before a stone that states "Here Lies Democratic Consistency on the Tariff" are Benjamin F. Butler, Winfield Scott Hancock, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Stephen B. Elkins. Others depicted are Simon Cameron, John Kelly, Jay Gould, George W. Childs, George M. Robeson, David Davis, Robert Ingersoll, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, and a man identified as "Campbell." Caption: They deck with flowers, this Day of Decoration, full many a blighted hope and reputation.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Memorial Day; Tombs; Grief; Popes; Crowns; Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886; Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888; Leo XIII, Pope, 1810-1903; Ingersoll, Robert Green, 1833-1899; Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886; Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893; Elkins, Stephen B. (Stephen Benton), 1841-1911; Gould, Jay, 1836-1892; Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886; Robeson, George M. (George Maxwell), 1829-1897; Davis, David, 1815-1886; Brady, Thomas Jefferson, 1839-1904; Dorsey, Stephen Wallace, 1842-1916; Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893; Kelly, John, 1821-1886; Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897; Cameron, J. D. (James Donald), 1833-1918; Childs, George William, 1829-1894; O’Donovan Rossa, Jeremiah, 1831-1915; Cameron, Simon, 1799-1889

Date: 1883-05-30

They will have to come to it

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James G. Blaine and John Logan stand next to a grave as Whitelaw Reid places a wreath labeled "To the Memory of Discord" on the grave. The tombstone states, "To the Memory of Sectional Strife Buried Nov. 4th 1884." Caption: This decoration day will give our Blainiac friends a good opportunity to recognize an established fact.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Memorial Day; Burial; Tombs; Sepulchral monuments; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Sectionalism (United States); Blaine, James Gillespie, 1830-1893; Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912; Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886

Date: 1885-05-27

Memorial Day, 1899 - three veterans under one flag

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Print shows a veteran Confederate soldier on the left and a veteran Union soldier on the right shaking hands with a veteran of the Spanish-American War in the center.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Spanish-American War (1898); Veterans; Memorial Day; Older people; Handshaking; United States; United States--Confederate States of America

Date: 1899-05-31

Letter from Henry G. Thomas to Theodore Roosevelt

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Henry G. Thomas asks President Roosevelt for a contribution to be deposited with other "articles which will be of interest to future generations" in the cornerstone of a soldier's memorial currently under construction (Stowe, VT).  The monument appears to honor soldiers from the American Civil War and Roosevelt is promised that any articles he deposits will not be read for many years to come.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Soldiers' monuments; Cornerstone laying; Memorial Day; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Vermont--Stowe

Date: 1902-04-10

Letter from Henry G. Thomas to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Henry G. Thomas asks President Roosevelt for a contribution to be deposited with other "articles which will be of interest to future generations" in the cornerstone of a soldier's memorial currently under construction (Stowe, VT).  The monument appears to honor soldiers from the American Civil War and Roosevelt is promised that any articles he deposits will not be read for many years to come.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: American Civil War (1861-1865); Cornerstone laying; Soldiers' monuments; Memorial rites and ceremonies; Memorial Day; Vermont--Stowe; Grand Army of the Republic

Date: 1902-05-10

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Van Zandt Cox

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President Roosevelt will be unable to attend the Memorial Day exercises at Battleground National Cemetery.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Memorial Day; Battleground National Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1902-05-29

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry Cabot Lodge

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President Roosevelt describes a 62-mile horse ride to Cheyenne, WY he took with Presley Marion Rixey, Senator Warren, and a Mr. Van Tassel, the owner of the ranch at which Roosevelt's party ate lunch. After the ride, Roosevelt led a procession into Cheyenne and made a 45-minute speech as the "closing incident" to the city's Memorial Day services. Roosevelt adds a post-script describing a second, 30-mile, horse ride to Warren's ranch.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Horsemanship; Memorial Day addresses; Presidents--Travel; Wyoming--Cheyenne; Rixey, Presley Marion, 1852-1928; Warren, Francis E. (Francis Emroy), 1844-1929

Date: 1903-05-31

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Charles H. Smith

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President Roosevelt is already scheduled to make a speech on Memorial Day of next year and must refuse Charles Smith's invitation.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Speeches, addresses, etc.; Scheduling; Memorial Day

Date: 1903-09-11

Gen. Bell's bugle call for May 30

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Text of Adjutant General Bell's orders to the Colorado National Guard for Memorial Day.

Resource Type: Newspaper article

Subject: Memorial Day; Military orders; Colorado. National Guard; Bell, Sherman, 1867-1942

Date: 1904-05-24

Letter from Frederick Funston to William Howard Taft

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Frederick Funston apologizes to Secretary of War Taft for his "sloppy" Memorial Day order, and promises to revoke the order before the next Memorial Day. Funston thanks President Roosevelt and Taft for bringing the matter to his attention in an unofficial way.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Memorial Day; Armed Forces; California--San Francisco; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1905-06-08

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