Members of Sons of Confederate Veterans, as well as the United Daughters of the Confederacy gathered to remember their fallen decedents. They engaged in a variety of respectful ceremonies of remembrance, culminating in the ‘last drink’ ritual, in which they poured water on the graves. Fascinatingly many variations of that ritual exist in many different cultures and creeds, and it may in fact be one of the oldest funerary traditions in mankind.
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