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Confederate Memorial Day

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Confederate Memorial Day, also called Confederate Heroes Day in Texas, is a public holiday observed by the U.S. states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Texas since the end of the American Civil War to remember the estimated 258,000 members of the Confederate States Army, Navy, Marines, and militia who died fighting the USA in an act of treason.

A militia is generally an army or some other type of fighting unit that is composed of non-professional fighters, citizens of a nation or subjects of a state or government who can be called upon to enter a combat situation, as opposed to a professional force of regular, full-time military personnel, or historically, members of the warrior nobility class.

A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year.

Mississippi is a state located in the southern region of the United States, with part of its southern border formed by the Gulf of Mexico.

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The day is also marked by observances in many other states.

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It is observed in late April in most Southern states to recall the surrender of their last major field army at Bennett Place on that date in 1865.

Bennett Place, sometimes known as Bennett Farm, in Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, was the site of the largest surrender of Confederate soldiers ending the American Civil War, on April 26, 1865.

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The war officially ended with the signing of Presidential Proclamation 157 on August 20, 1866.

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