General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

by: General John A. Logan


The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land....

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; Spring wildflower - Digital Image 5/25/2003

let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor;

let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan....


Thank you, all of you.