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  • 2110. BC: The Graves

    1936 photo from Historical Society of Washington

    Surrounding the flagpole are 41 white marble headstones. Look closely and you will see that the grave number, the soldier' name, and the state of the regiment he was part of are carved on each one. The headstones were set here in the early 1870s to replace the original wooden markers. Through the use of personal and military records, many intimate details have been found about these men who are buried at the cemetery. For those interested, this information can be downloaded from the Park's website at the link below.

    On a cold, rainy March day in 1936, Edward Campbell, the last surviving Union veteran of the Battle of Fort Stevens was laid to rest at Battleground National Cemetery. Having participated in the Battle of Fort Stevens, Campbell and all other Union veterans of the battle had earned the right to be buried here. However, Campbell would be the only one to request this honor.

    Edward Campbell's story of the Battle of Fort Stevens and his connection to Battleground National Cemetery is one of the most personal stories that can be told of a Civil War veteran. He was not just a participant of the Battle of Fort Stevens. Edward Campbell was also part of the burial detail that laid the soldiers to rest on this hallowed ground on July 12, 1864.

    That March day, Campbell's last wish was honored and the last veteran of the Battle of Fort Stevens was laid to rest here. Almost 72 years after the Battle of Fort Stevens had concluded, the roll call of Battleground National Cemetery was finally complete.

    Walk behind the graves to the Rostrum. Hit NEXT when you arrive.