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In the aftermath of the surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, many Confederate states began an effort to honor those who, well, fought the United States in a valiant effort to preserve slavery. The holiday didn't seem to feature parades of veterans; it was simply a day, often beginning with a church service, for families to go to cemeteries and tend to and leave flowers on the graves of the roughly 350,000 soldiers killed fighting the U.S.  On April 26, 1866, tens of thousands of Southern women commemorated the first Confederate Memorial Day. Some, however, in the northernmost portions of the South did not participate because their flowers were not yet in bloom. Consequently, they selected dates later in the spring to hold their first Confederate Memorial Days. For example, parts of Virginia chose May 10, commemorating Stonewall Jackson's death. Near Petersburg, VA, they chose June 9, the anniversary of a significant battle there. Others opted for Jefferson Davis' birthday, June 3. ©2013. Jim Bryant Photo. All Rights Reserved....