Civil War Era Studies
Monday is Presidents' Day, our modern conglomeration of the celebrations of Washington's and Lincoln's Birthdays. Of course, no one but Mary Todd, Tad and some friends were celebrating Lincoln's birthday in 1863. Dying has a way of making special family events into cherished national holidays. Hence Washington, father of the nation who was already cold in the ground, warranted celebration and accolades on his birthday. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M. "Presidents' Day in a Land at War." Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public (February 14, 2013).