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Search begins to find Union soldiers in famous Columbus cemetery

The Friendship Cemetery in Columbus is where the observance of Memorial Day started.

Posted: May 25, 2018 9:39 AM
Updated: May 25, 2018 9:41 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Friendship Cemetery in Columbus is where the observance of Memorial Day started.

Historians say in 1866, a group of women decorated the graves of Civil War soldiers, which led to the observance.

But could there be unmarked Union soldiers buried there?


Columbus was a major hospital center during the Civil Water after the Battle of Shiloh.

And many researchers believe there are bodies of Union soldiers buried in unmarked graves.

Starting in the fall, a search will begin to find those soldiers.

In many circumstances, Union and Confederate soldiers were not buried together.

The search will include the use of modern technology such as ground-penetrating radar.
Researchers hope to have successful results in the fall.

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