Mon., April 22, 2013 6:45am (EDT)

What Is Confederate Memorial Day?
By Joshua Stewart
Updated: 12 months ago

ATLANTA  —  
Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off. Civil War historian Michael Shaffer talks about the holiday and why it is celebrated in Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/bengarland/327681625/>bengarland via Flickr</a>.)
Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off. Civil War historian Michael Shaffer talks about the holiday and why it is celebrated in Georgia. (Photo Courtesy of bengarland via Flickr.)
Monday is Confederate Memorial Day across Georgia, closing state offices and giving state employees a day off.

The holiday likely dates back to before 1874, though that’s when it became an official state holiday.

Michael Shaffer, assistant director of Kennesaw State’s Civil War Center, tells us more about the holiday and why we celebrate it.