In America, Mother's Day came about after the Civil War, mostly because of two women Julia Ward Howe, a Northern Poet who is also known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Anna Reeve Jarvis, a Southerner who worked through the civil war to improve sanitary conditions and treat wounded from both sides. She also worked to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors after the war. Both women were devout pacifists and anti-war activists. Julia Ward Howe was one of the first to call for a "Mother's Day" in her Mother's Day Proclamation.
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask