Official and Illustrated War Record
Veterans Day evolved from Armistice Day, a holiday meant to honor those who fought in World War I. The holiday was officially renamed “Veterans Day” by Congress in 1954 in order to acknowledge all those who have served in the armed forces in the Unites States. But long before any of this, the Confederate Veterans’ Association published the Official and Illustrated War Record, “embracing nearly one thousand pictorial sketches by the most distinguished American artists of battles by land and sea, camp and field scenes, insignia of rank, and leading characters in the Civil War … portraits and biographies of Northern and Southern leaders … authentic articles by eminent officials on the uses of a navy, closing days of conflict, origin and meaning of corps badges, object and status of the Grand Army of the Republic and Confederate Veterans’ Association.”
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