From: BRAVEST SURRENDER, A Petersburg Patchwork, Catherine Copeland, 1961, A clip from Memorial Day (National Memorial Day Origin) Chapter:
"Well, Mrs. Logan was in the back and when she saw the flags fluttering over the hillside, she asked John (John Dixie was the Negro driver) what the ladies were doing. When John told her they were decorating the 'sojers', Mr. Logan said she would get out and speak to the ladies. But a member of the party demurred -- he thought the Southern ladies might not welcome another Yankee invasion -- however, Mrs. Logan only smiled as she stepped out of the carriage and said: 'A lady is a lady, no matter where you find her!'"
Upon Mary Logan's return to Washington and meeting her husband General Logan at the railroad station, she related the story of her visit to Petersburg and how she was "moved" by what she witness there. Upon hearing her story, General Logan, now the first Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, replied to her that he would establish the custom of the ancients across the land. He thus issued an GAR order, establishing a National Decoration Day which was later passed by Congress. Today it is our National Memorial Day.
From BRAVEST SURRENDER:
"Miss Lillie," we asked one of Petersburg's great ladies of yesterday, " just where did the idea of Memorial Day begin?" She replied, "It began right here in Petersburg -- in a woman's heart."
The Actual 1912 Recording device for this audio is pictured below.
Title: Finch's THE BLUE AND THE GRAY
Performer: Harry E. Humphrey
Number/Label: 1653 - Edison Blue Amberol Cylinder Record, 4 min
Year of Release: 1912