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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is the host for our series on Arlington National Cemetery. He is standing by the monument to Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs. This image was taken facing northwest at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking Washington, D.C., has many connections to Gettysburg and to the Gettysburg Campaign. There are many more connections than to only Robert E. Lee’s residence, and John F. Kennedy’s grave. Almost every row in the older sections have someone buried there who had a link to Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the individuals connected to Gettysburg who are buried at Arlington.

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Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the grave of Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs and concludes his series on Arlington National Cemetery.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#118 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Video #119 was taken at the grave of Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs. The first part of Video #20 was taken at a good spot to see the front of the Custis-Lee Mansion. This map was created facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Friday, February 17, 2012.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. The second part of Video #120 was taken at the Gettysburg National Cemetery near the Taneytown Road entrance. This map was created facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Friday, February 17, 2012.

The monument for John Rodgers Meigs is near the larger monument to his father, Brigadier General Montgomery Meigs (1816-1892). This view was taken facing north at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

In Video #119 (Videos #1 - #118 were shown in our previous Arlington posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr discusses the duties of Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs during the Gettysburg Campaign, and his death in 1864. This view was taken facing north to east to northeast at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

We will start to show some closeups of the monument to Lieutenant John Rodgers Meigs. This view was taken facing north at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

John Rodgers Meigs (1842-1864) was the oldest son of Brigadier General Mongomery C. Meigs. He was the grandson of United States naval officer, Commodore John Rodgers who served in the War of 1812. This view was taken facing north at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

In 1859 John Rodgers Meigs received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, where he did very well in science and mathematics. He took a leave of absence in the summer of 1861 to serve as an aide-de-camp during the First Battle of Bull Run. After returning to West Point, he graduated first in his class in 1863, becoming a Second Lieutenant of Engineers. This view was taken facing west at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Following the Gettysburg Campaign, John Rodgers Meigs served on the staff of Brigadier General Benjamin Franklin Kelley in West Virginia, and he fought at the Battle of New Market. He participated in Major Generals David Hunter’s and Philip Sheridan’s operations in the Shenandoah Valley. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Major General Sheridan appointed Meigs his Chief Engineer in August, 1864 and had him brevetted captain and major for gallantry at the battles of Opequon and Fisher’s Hill. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

On the rainy night of October 3, 1864, Meigs and two Union soldiers were traveling on a road to headquarters in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when they overtook three Confederate cavalrymen. Meigs called them to a halt, and one of the Confederates demanded that Meigs and his men surrender. The men briefly exchanged gunfire, during which Meigs was shot and killed. This view was taken facing east at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Believing his son had been murdered, Montgomery C. Meigs placed a reward of $1,000 on the killer’s head. He hired a private detective to investigate, and the investigation continued after the conclusion of the war. This view was taken facing southwest at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing below the Custis-Lee Mansion in Arlington National Cemetery. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

In Video #120 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr concludes his series on Arlington National Cemetery This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 29, 2012 and east at approximately 11:00 AM on Wednesday February 8, 2012.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing near the Taneytown Road entrance of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 11:00 AM on Wednesday February 8, 2012.

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