In 1865, Columbus, Mississippi was a small railroad town of 6,000 people due south of Shiloh, Tennessee. Due to their proximity to the rail line and the war, they became known as a hospital town.
In the two day battle at Shiloh, there were more than 3,500 soldiers killed and 16,000 wounded on both sides.
Nearly every home and business in Columbus was used as a hospital.
4 Generals, 2,500 Confederate soldiers and 32 Union soldiers were buried in Friendship Cemetery during the war.
And when the war was over, something amazing happened.
On April 25th, 1866, four ladies who lived in Columbus gathered to decorate the graves of the Confederate soldiers with flowers. While there, they felt compelled to honor the Union soldiers and share in their