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.