Feb 26

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr has reached the end of Miles Drive in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery. On the left is the white cross monument to Dr. Jonathan Letterman. The mausoleum in the background contains the remains of Nelson Miles. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

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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In our first Arlington post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr explains Robert E. Lee’s connection with Arlington, how the Union Army first occupied the site, and why Union Brigadier General General Montgomery C. Meigs established a National Cemetery at Arlington.

In our second post, Rich Kohr showed us the burial places of some of the first Union soldiers killed during the Gettysburg Campaign, and individuals such as John Gibbon and Hiram Berdan.

In our third Arlington post, some of the Gettysburg Campaign graves we saw included those of Ezra Carman, Roy Stone, and Abner Doubleday.

In our fourth Arlington post, we showed the graves of Gabriel Paul, Romeyn B. Ayres, J. Irvin Gregg, and Samuel Perry Lee, and James Jackson Purman.

In our fifth Arlington post we showed the graves of Lieutenant James Stewart of Battery B, 4th U.S., Colonel William Dudley of the 19th Indiana Infantry, Sergeant Frederick Fuger of Cushing’s Battery, and Colonel John Ramsey of the 8th New Jersey Infantry.

In our sixth Arlington post Rich Kohr presented the graves of Horatio Wright a division commander of the Sixth Corps, and Ellis Spear, Captain of the 20th Maine Infantry Regiment during the Gettysburg Campaign.

In our seventh Arlington National Cemetery post, Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr shows us the grave of Edward Whitaker, who carried the flag of truce to Confederate lines at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

In our eighth Arlington National Cemetery post, Rich Kohr shows us the grave of military engineer Ira Spaulding, and two Chief of Staffs of the U.S. Army, Ira Chaffee and Samuel Young.

In today’s Arlington National Cemetery presentation, Rich Kohr shows us the graves of Dr. Jonathan Letterman, Nelson Miles, Major Edmund Rice of the 19th Massachusetts, and Major General Daniel Sickles.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#18 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Videos #19 and #20 were taken near McPherson Drive at the graves of Edward Whitaker and James Milton Pipes. Video #21 was taken at the graves of Jeremiah Williams and Llewellyn Estes. Video #22 was taken at the grave of Ira Spaulding. Video #23 was taken at the grave of Ira Chaffee, and Video #24 was taken at the grave of Samuel Young. Video #25 was taken near the final resting places of Dr. Jonathan Letterman and Lieutenant General Nelson Miles. Video #26 was taken near the grave of Major Edmund Rice of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Video #27 was taken at the grave of Major General Daniel Edgar Sickles. This map was created facing north at approximately 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

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In Video #25 (Videos #1 - #24 were shown in our previous Arlington posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing near the monument to Dr. Jonathan Letterman. He also points out the mausoleum to Lieutenant General Nelson Miles, who was not at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

The grave marker of Dr. Jonathan Letterman. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

A view of the inscription at the bottom of the Letterman cross. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Lieutenant General Nelson Miles’ mausoleum is one of only two mausoleums in Arlington National Cemetery. This view was taken facing east at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

At the May, 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Colonel Nelson Miles was wounded in the neck and abdomen while commanding the 61st New York Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Chancellorsville. He missed the Gettysburg Campaign while he was recovering from his Chancellorsville wounds. This view was taken facing west at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is standing by the stone marking the gravesite of Major Edmund Rice of the 19th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

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In Video #26 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr describes the actions for which Major Edmund Rice of the 19th Massachusetts was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

This is an exact replica of the Medal of Honor awarded to Rice for his actions during Pickett’s Charge on July 3, 1863. The official citation for the medal is different from what appears on the reverse of the medal. The official citation reads: “Conspicuous bravery on the third day of the battle on the countercharge against Pickett’s division where he fell severely wounded within the enemy’s lines.” The inscription on the reverse of the medal reads, “for conspicuous bravery on the third day of the battle of Gettsyburg.” This view was taken facing southeast at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

This is where Rice is buried, and there is an inscription on the other (southeast) side of the rock. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

It’s still difficult to read the inscription, but it says, “Edmund Rice, Brigadier General United States Army, Elizabeth H. H. Rice.” This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Rich Kohr is standing by the grave of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Major General Daniel E. Sickles. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

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In Video #27 Rich Kohr discusses the attempt to remove the body of Major General Daniel Sickles from Arlington to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

We are struck with the simplicity of this headstone. This view was taken facing north at approximately 3:30 PM on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

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