REMEMBRANCE TO THE FALLEN HEROES |MEMORIAL DAY 2018

“”13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Jesus   Berean Study Bible

A great story of what freed slaves did for the fallen Union Soldiers who died and were buried in a mass grave.

One of the earliest commemorations was organized by recently freed slaves.

“As the Civil War neared its end, thousands of Union soldiers, held as prisoners of war, were herded into a series of hastily assembled camps in Charleston, South Carolina. Conditions at one camp, a former racetrack near the city’s Citadel, were so bad that more than 250 prisoners died from disease or exposure, and were buried in a mass grave behind the track’s grandstand. Three weeks after the Confederate surrender, an unusual procession entered the former camp:

On May 1, 1865, more than 1,000 recently freed slaves, accompanied by regiments of the U.S. Colored Troops (including the Massachusetts 54th Infantry) and a handful of white Charlestonians, gathered in the camp to consecrate a new, proper burial site for the Union dead. The group sang hymns, gave readings and distributed flowers around the cemetery, which they dedicated to the “Martyrs of the Race Course.

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