Dec 14

Martin Thomas McMahon (1838-1906) served on John Sedgwick’s (6th Corps) staff during the Gettysburg Campaign. He served as Minister to Paraguay from 1868-1869 where “he showed great interest towards Paraguay’s needs during the Triple Alliance War.” During the Triple Alliance War (1864-1870), Paraguay battled Argentina, Brazil and and Uruguay. Paraguay was defeated with very heavy losses. McMahon was honored with this stamp on October 3, 2007, and is probably the only individual during the Gettysburg Campaign to be honored with a stamp from Paraguay.

Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is kneeling near the grave of 2nd Lieutenant William H. Raymond. At Gettysburg, he was a Corporal in the 108th New York Infantry Regiment when his actions led to his being awarded the Medal of Honor. The Arlington House/Custis-Lee Mansion is in the right background. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 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 today’s Arlington post, Rich Kohr shows the graves of an William H. Raymond, George Breck, Joseph Bartlett, Evan Thomas, Martin McMahon, and David Neely.

This map shows us the locations taken of videos for our Gettysburg at Arlington series. Videos #1-#64 were shown in our previous Arlington posts. Video #65 was taken at the grave of William H. Raymond. Video #66 was taken at the graves of George Breck and David Neely. Video #67 was taken at the graves of Joseph Bartlett, Martin McMahon, and Evan Thomas. This map was created facing north at approximately 7:00 PM on Friday, November 12, 2010.

In Video #65 (Videos #1 – #64 were shown in our previous Arlington posts) Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr presents some biographical information on William H. Raymond, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, and who was wounded three times during the war, including at Gettysburg. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr is kneeling near the grave of Lieutenant George Breck who commanded the battery of Gilbert Reynolds after Reynolds’ wounding on July 1, 1863. The obelisk monument in the right background is to John M. Schofield. The obelisk monument in the left background is to the Bucktails’ Roy Stone. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

In Video #66 Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr presents some information on George Breck, and David Neely of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. This view was taken facing northeast to north at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

A closer view of George Breck’s headstone. After Reynolds New York Battery retreated from McPherson’s Ridge, Breck commanded it on East Cemetery Hill. This view was taken facing north at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Captain David Neely of the 149th Pennsylvania (Bucktails) fought on McPherson’s Ridge on July 1, 1863, not too far from George Breck who is buried close to Neely. The oblisk monument above David Neely is to his brigade commander, Roy Stone. The obelisk monument above his wife, Mary, is to John M. Schofield. This view was taken facing northeast at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Rich Kohr is standing by the grave of Joseph J. Bartlett, who commanded a brigade in the 6th Corps during the Gettysburg Campaign. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

In Video #67 Rich Kohr presents biographical information on Joseph J. Bartlett, Martin McMahon, and Evan Thomas. This view was taken facing northwest to southwest to northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Martin McMahon’s grave is located below Joseph Bartlett’s on the slope southeast of the Custis-Lee Mansion. This view was taken facing east at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Martin McMahon was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing a wagon train while under fire at White Oak Swamp, Virginia in June, 1862. This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

Evan Thomas commanded a battery on Cemetery Ridge on July 2nd (when the 1st Minnesota provided infantry support for his battery) and 3rd, 1863. When he was killed in 1873, his last words were, “This is as good a day to die as any. Fight like soldiers, die like men.” This view was taken facing northwest at approximately 2:30 PM on Sunday, December 5, 2010.

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