c. 1917-1918.   Even after Veteran’s Day (originally called Armistice Day) was instituted in 1919, Memorial Day has continued to be an opportunity to honor not only those lost in the wars, but also the surviving veterans, and those currently serving in the military.



c. 1900-1910 Some historians estimate that 70,000 soldiers lost a limb during the Civil War. It has often been noted, that in 1866, the state of Mississippi spent more that half it’s annual budget on artificial limbs.


One of the philanthropists supporting this writing contest for one-armed veterans, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (Teddy’s father), had also supported the war effort, but did not serve in the army. Instead, he avoided the draft by hiring a substitute to take his place in the ranks.  LOC




I just read that Hanger, Inc., a company providing prosthetic limbs, was founded by a one-legged Confederate veteran. J. E. Hanger enlisted at 18, and two days later, was hit by a cannonball. He may have had the honor of becoming the first known amputee of the Civil War. An engineering student, he developed a lighter, superior wooden leg made from barrel staves, and supplied them to the Confederate Army. He lived long enough to see his inventions used by another generation of soldiers, wounded in the First World War.


James Edward Hanger, from his company’s website


c. 1900 – 1914


When I looked at this particular portrait, I wondered if he survived the war.


1883 Reunion of Union veterans. LOC




“A Grateful Land Remembers All Her Promises Today”



Civil War, Decoration Day, History, Memorial Day, Waterloo

Memorial Day Postcards II ~ ~ ~ 1900 – 1918 ~ ~ ~ Veterans


4 thoughts on “Memorial Day Postcards II ~ ~ ~ 1900 – 1918 ~ ~ ~ Veterans

  1. Jan Theobald says:

    Thank you for this tribute to veterans. I don’t think people stop and realize that we are here today because so many have given up their lives for us. I wish you could see the patriotic program that our first grade classes will be performing tomorrow it is a tribute that I wrote years ago and a reminder of how lucky we are to live in America.

  2. I wish we could pull apart Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, since the focus of each is different. On the other hand, anything that moves us beyond barbeque and mattress sales is good.

    I just realized what the difference between your selection and mine is. I’ll look at the next group, and see if my hypothesis holds up. 🙂

    The details about the prostheses are really interesting. I’ve never heard about any of that history. Barrel staves: amazing.

    • When my parents moved to Waterloo, many years ago, my father would look in antique shops & used bookstores for these cards, and then later, eBay. I think the plan is, to eventually give them all to the local Mem’l Day museum. Currently they’re in drawers and cubbyholes all over the house, he’s not very organized. I haven’t found any Confederate-themed cards so far, and Dad tells me, he just found them to be too exorbitant. And he’s also still pretty partisan and a diehard Unionist. So except for the lack of gray and butternut, the selection is pretty much random!

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