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Fort Lincoln Cemetery: Defending Washington during Civil War

    Two cannons rest amid earthworks in Fort Lincoln Cemetery just past the city’s eastern border, remnants of the Civil War defense. Ironically, they’re only a couple hundred yards from the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814 where the British … Continue reading

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The cat, horse and the general

There’s lots to talk about Gen. Philip Sheridan’s statue. It’s one of the better equestrian statues in town and the horse has a story, too. But there’s also a cat down the street keeping an eye on his old master. … Continue reading

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Rawlins rides on Grant’s coattails

General John Rawlins’ best move was living next to Ulysses Grant when the Civil War started. Grant returned to uniform and took Rawlins with him. Rawlins was a former gold prospector and attorney who managed to keep Grant largely sober … Continue reading

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New perspective can make you feel like an idiot

I recently wrote about a tree in Arlington National Cemetery that nearly overtook a grave. But I came upon the tree from the opposite angle recently and there was a second grave tucked in the other side of the tree … Continue reading

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The grave in the tree at Arlington National Cemetery

The grave has almost been lost to a tree Michael Burns’ grave in the rear of Arlington National Cemetery has a very large oak nearly swallowing the Civil War infantryman’s site. The standard stone marker is right next to the … Continue reading

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McPherson finds another occupation

Union Gen. James Birdseye McPherson is under siege once more – this time by protestors. The Occupy DC movement is encamped in McPherson Square, surrounding the Civil War general. Below the 12-foot equestrian statue atop a granite base are hundreds … Continue reading

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