It was Lincoln’s death on Good Friday, April 15, 1865, that united religion and patriotism in the observance of a national death that represented ALL who had died. As Lincoln had died for the nation, now each soldier’s death belonged to the whole nation. Lincoln’s bones were buried but thousands of soldiers lay unburied their bones littering battlefields across the South. For the first time in history a nation would create national cemeteries to honor their deaths.