This poem, published in the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger, was written by Ellen E. Hebron of Vicksburg in honor of her brother Jeremiah Ellington (Company K, 18th Mississippi Infantry), who died during the war. Because it is dated on April 26, 1894, it is assumed that it was written for Decoration Day 1894.

Thanks, as always,to Jeff Giambrone from the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg for finding this poem and passing it along.

"Decoration Day"

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