Frederick Douglass on Decoration Day, 1871

Recently Andy Hall offered a post as part of a larger series that I think is well worth highlighting.  It reprints Frederick Douglass’s powerful remarks offered about remembering the Civil War dead some six years after the war’s end.

The monument in the photograph deserves your attention as well.  It is the tomb of the Civil War unknown soldiers.  Most of the remains buried here (just a short distance from Arlington House) were gathered in 1865 from the battlefields of the Overland Campaign of 1864.  More on that in a forthcoming post.

One thought on “Frederick Douglass on Decoration Day, 1871

  1. Andy Hall March 10, 2011 / 8:36 pm

    Thanks for the mention. Douglass’ speech on that occasion is one of the most powerful I’ve encountered.

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