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OPINION: Take a moment to observe Memorial Day

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CHAD McCOY, State representative

The Memorial Day that we will observe nationally on Monday, May 29, had its beginning during the American Civil War — a turbulent time for Nelson County. More than 80 different Union units were involved in skirmishes and set up camps in the county during the war. The county’s turnpikes and railroads dictated the movement of many troops and supplies through the area — both Union and Confederate.

In the end the Civil War would take the lives of over 600,000 soldiers nationally, both North and South, from 1861 to 1865.


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