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Lizzie Rutherford
Birth: Jan. 1, 1833
Death: Mar. 31, 1873

Creator of Confederate Memorial Day. While cleaning the graves of Confederate soldiers buried in Columbus, Georgia, she was struck with the idea of creating a specific day for decorating the graves. As secretary for the Columbus Ladies' Memorial Association, she presented the idea to them. The date of April 26 was set aside. The custom soon spread around the former Confederate States as a direct result of Rutherford's work. Many historians believe that the observance of Confederate Memorial Day directly led to the creation of Decoration Day for Union Soldiers. This became known as Memorial Day. Her grave marker reads: "The Soldiers' Friend." (bio by: Evening Blues) 
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  Roswell Ellis (1823 - 1909)*
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Linwood Cemetery
Muscogee County
Georgia, USA
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Originally Created by: Evening Blues
Record added: Jan 08, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8250123
Lizzie Rutherford
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Lizzie Rutherford
Added by: Evening Blues
Lizzie Rutherford
Added by: Michael Dover
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