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Though its current associations might run more to barbecues, picnics and parades, Memorial Day conjures up a load of historic references dating back to its post-Civil War origins, as well as some more contemporary traditions.
There are several blogs-worth of noteworthy Civil War generalsâ€™ names aloneâ€”Alpheus, Americus, Cassius, Gustavus, Lafayette, Napoleon, Pleasant, Romeyn, for starters– but for now weâ€™ve included just a few of the most intriguing, as well as some less obvious Memorial Day names associated with the holiday.
BLUE and GREYâ€”The colors of the Â uniforms of the Union and Confederate soldiers fighting the Civil War (the Confederate soldiers sometimes referred to the Yankees disparagingly as â€˜bluebelliesâ€™), Â Blue and Gray are the current coolest of the unisex color names. Blue Ivy is the much-discussed name picked by BeyoncÃ© and Jay-Z for their daughter; actress Jenna von Oy recently named her daughter Gray.
CATHAYâ€”Cathay Williamsâ€”aka William Cathayâ€”was one of many women who passed as men to serve as Civil War soldiers.Â A former slave, she was the first African-American woman to enlist. Cathay is an evocative old term for China used by Marco Polo that could make an interesting choiceâ€”if it werenâ€™t in danger of being constantly confused with Cathy.