Brightwood in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battleground National Cemetery
Battleground to Community
—Brightwood Heritage Trail —
Memorial Day once drew hundreds to this hallowed place. The holiday was established by veterans in 1868 to honor the Civil War dead. John I. Whites grandfather, Lewis Cass White, was a veteran of the battle of Fort Stevens. John later recalled Memorial Day ceremonies here during the early 1900s that attracted veterans from both sides. A military band would play, and crowds listened to patriotic speeches and poems. Students from the Brightwood School placed flowers and American flags on the graves, and artillery men would fire a salute. "Following the ceremonies," White wrote, "the surviving comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic, who traded shots with the Confederates before Fort Stevens, converged ... for a light lunch" on his grandfather's porch "and fought the battle all over again."
Memorials to units that fought in the battle are located at the cemetery's entrance, where two six-pound, smoothbore guns stand guard. The small, rough-hewn
Erected 2008 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 13.)
Location. 38° 58.242′ N, 77° 1.626′ W. Marker is in Brightwood, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Georgia Avenue (U.S. 97), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is on the sidewalk in front of Battleground National Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6624 Georgia Avenue, Washington DC 20012, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Battleground National Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); The 25th New York Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Roll Call (a few steps from this marker); 98th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); The 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Company K, 150th Ohio National Guard Infantry Automobiling on The Avenue (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of a Tulip Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Follow the Brightwood Heritage Trail
Also see . . . Brightwood Heritage Trail information. (Submitted on March 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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