Originally known as Decoration Day, the day when people decorated the graves of those fallen in battle during the Civil War, Memorial Day has been celebrated for more than a century but has only been an official federal holiday since 1971. So, in honor of the day, let’s take a look at some of our recent additions to Our Military Heritage.

Donated by Jim Cox, we have two accounts from the Red River Campaign, Mrs. S.G.M. (Sarah Gardner Moss) Bannerman’s memory of the Battle of Mansfield (April 8, 1864) and a description of the Battle of Pleasant Hill (April 9, 1864). Also from Jim Cox, we have a list of Louisiana Soldiers Killed in the 1st and 2nd Battle of Manassas, Buried in Manassas Cemetery, Fauquier County, Virginia, the Pensioners Roll, 1883, St. John Parish, Louisiana and Letters Written by William Beaird, Jr. (1833-1914) Concerning His Louisiana Confederate Pension Application.

On the Union side, we have Some Soldiers' Service Records for Company C, 100th Indiana Infantry, and the discharge papers of John Rose, 74th Ohio Infantry along with his marriage record to Elizabeth Stepps. And, to wrap up the Civil War material, we have the National Cemetery Administration's Federal Stewardship of Confederate Dead, published in 2016.
Rose Mil dis

There are also a number of records for Revolutionary War Soldiers, including John Blizard, and John and Strangeman Hutchins of Virginia, Johannes Krick, Capt. Joseph Bowman’s Company, Virginia, William Lawson, Montgomery County Militia, Virginia and
Moses Taylor, Albemarle Guards, Virginia. For Maryland, we have

Zepheniah Dowden, Montgomery County Militia, James Thompson, 1st, Maryland Regiment, Dennis Dunham, Captain Anderson’s Company. Pennsylvania soldiers include Devault Koons, Northampton County Militia, John Meason, 3rd Battalion, Westmoreland County Militia, Cheney Ricketts, Bedford County Militia,Private Henry Shideler, Captain Miar's Company, 5th Pennsylvania Battalion, and David Pernod, Patriot. And also, Nathaniel Satterlee, New York, and Marmadule Vickrey, North Carolina.

And, finally, we have the Congressional Research Publication “Military Service Records, Awards, and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Records,” which provides information on locating service and pension records at the National Archives, locating unit histories, information on awards and decorations, web addresses and much more!

Take a few minutes on this Memorial Day to read and think about some of our fallen military men!